Fragmentation and Dramatic Moments: Zhang Tianyi and the Narrative Discourse of Upheaval in Modern China

Fragmentation and Dramatic Moments: Zhang Tianyi and the Narrative Discourse of Upheaval in Modern China

by Yifeng Sun


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820456980
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 04/22/2002
Series: Asian Thought and Culture Series , #54
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Yifeng Sun teaches in the Department of Translation at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He received his M.Litt. from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Leiden University. In addition to serving on the editorial board of Abstracts of Translation Studies in China, he is Executive Editor of Translation Quarterly. He has published on modern Chinese literature, comparative literature, English literature, and translation theory. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Life and Reality11
Fragmentation and Intensity11
Reality and Fictionality13
Biographical Sketch16
Childhood and School Days16
Student Days21
A New Start24
War Years34
Life in the PRC38
Chapter 2The Writing of Fiction41
Zhang's Early Readings41
Artistic Development43
Psychological Realism43
Ventures into Proletarian Literature46
Parodies of Modern Life50
Social Satire57
Satire of 'Activists'62
Critical Reception64
Sales and Translation64
Reception: up to 194965
Reception: after 194972
Chapter 3Realism and Mimesis75
Realism in Context75
General Characterization75
Subject Matter76
Interpretations of Realism77
Mimetic Theory80
Problems of Realism87
Debate on Realism92
Liang Qichao and Lu Xun92
Mao Dun and Realism94
The Creation and Sun Societies95
Third-category Literature97
Zhang's Views on Realism99
The Art of Selection100
Write about Real People102
Individual and Society103
Zhang's Experiments with Realism106
Imitation and Reality107
Character versus Action111
Fragmentary Moments114
Chapter 4Humour, Satire and Parody119
Satire as Art119
Humour as Opposed to Satire122
Lin Yutang on Humour122
Lu Xun on Satire126
Zhang on Humour and Satire129
Discussion of Humour129
The Scholars and Zhang's Aesthetics135
Artistic Practice137
Satire and Realism140
Literary Parody149
Satire and Exposure153
Chapter 5Literary Language at Work159
Literary Language159
Zhang's Narrative Language165
Narrative Concision167
Dialogue as a Theatrical Device170
Literary Dialogue170
Predominance of Dialogues171
Dialect and Idiolect185
Manipulation of Language201
Visual Language202
Colour Words210
Chapter 6The Function of Repetition221
Repetition Defined221
Principal Types of Repetition221
Intratextual Repetition222
Intertextual Repetition224
Allusion as Repetition227
Repetition as a Compositional Strategy229
Thematic Repetition in Zhang Tianyi232
Frustration and Revolt238
Tan Jiu and Hua Wei240
Paradigms of Repetition242
Repetition and Identity242
Repetition as Effacement244
Repetition Destroys Language248
Repetition Destroys Life249
Repetition Destroys Love250
Repetition Destroys Human Dignity256
Chapter 7Fragmentation and a Pluralistic Approach263
Pluralism and Reductionism263
Showing and Telling264
'The Bulwark' Shows Only266
Multiple Voices270
Voices and Dimensions270
Voices in One Year273
Ambiguity and Clarity275
Intentional Ambiguity276
Clarity of 'Proletarian' Works282
Fragmentation and Multiple Meanings285
Monolithic Readings of 'Mr. Hua Wei'285
'Mr. Hua Wei' Resists Reductionism291
A Selected Bibliography of Zhang Tianyi's Works327
Selected Bibliography331

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