Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature

Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature

by C. Laughlin (Editor)

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Through an exploration of a wide range of literary and visual texts, 12 American academics critically examine the myth of modern Chinese culture as a belated or diluted form of the Western experience of modernity. Topics include (for example) Bai Wei and the literary left of the 1930s, Chinese women's autobiographical practice in the 1990s; and public residences and private streets in Taipei films. The papers were originally presented at a conference held at Columbia U. in April 2000. Editor Laughlin teaches Chinese literature at Yale University. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349530274
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/14/2015
Edition description: 1st ed. 2005
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charles A. Laughlin is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature, Yale University.

Table of Contents

Introduction; C.Laughlin PART 1: REWRITING CULTURAL HISTORY The Rhetorics of Modernity and the Logics of the Fetish; A.Des Forges Feminine Histories: Inventing Tradition in Modern China; M.Ferry Desire and Disease: Bai Wei and the Thirties Literary Left; A.Dooling Remembering the Butterfly: Ye Zhaoyan's Passionate Memory and Fictional History; G.Xu Toward a Theory of Postmodern/Post-Mao-Deng Literature; X.Yang PART 2: DISCOURSIVE COMMUNITIES Reproducing the Self: Consumption, Imaginary, and Identity in Chinese Women's Autobiographical Practice in the 1990s; W.Lingzhen What's Chinese in Chinese Diasporic Literature?; E.Teng Maxine Hong Kingston's Journey across East and West in Tripmaster Monkey; L.Chen PART 3: THE EMERGENCE OF VISUAL CULTURE Lu Xun and Visual Vestiges from the Past; C.Rojas The Dream of Flying: Taipei's Cinematic Poetics of Demolition; Y.Braester The Comedy of Dialogues: Li Guoxiu's Ambiguous Answer to the Taiwan Question; J.Weinstein Boundary-Crossing in The Great Going Abroad; C.Conceison PART 4: THE QUOTIDIAN APOCALYPSE Visions of the Apocalypse in Contemporary Chinese Novels; J.C.Kinkley Post-Mao Urban Fiction and the Ethics of Authenticity; R.Visser Capitalist and Enlightenment Values in 1990s Chinese Fiction; D.Sabina Knight Writing Against Consumer Sexuality in Late Capitalism; T-l.D.Sang

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