Summary Book Review Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature by C. Laughlin:
Download or read book Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature written by C. Laughlin and published by Springer. This book was released on 2005-06-03 with total page 246 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is a significant gathering of ideas on the subject of modern Chinese literature and culture of the past several years. The essays represent a wide spectrum of new approaches and new areas of subject matter that are changing the landscape of knowledge of modern and contemporary Chinese culture: women's literature, theatre (performance), film, graphic arts, popular literature, as well as literature of the Chinese diaspora. These phenomena and the approaches to them manifest interconnected trajectories for new scholarship in the field: the rewriting of literary history, the emergence of visual culture, and the quotidian apocalypse - the displacement of revolutionary romanticism and realism as central paradigms for cultural expression by the perspective of private, everyday experience.
Author :Charles A. Laughlin Publisher :University of Hawaii Press Release Date :2008-03-06 ISBN 10 :9780824831257 Pages :256 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.3/5 (125 users download)
Summary Book Review The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity by Charles A. Laughlin:
Download or read book The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity written by Charles A. Laughlin and published by University of Hawaii Press. This book was released on 2008-03-06 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Chinese essay is arguably China's distinctive contribution to modern world literature. This book examines the essay both as a practiced and influential genre of literary expression and as an important counter-discourse to the revolutionary tradition of New Literature (especially realistic fiction).
Summary Book Review From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature by Yi Zheng:
Download or read book From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature written by Yi Zheng and published by Purdue University Press. This book was released on 2011-01-15 with total page 142 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume presents a historical-textual study about transformations of the aesthetics of the sublime-the literary and aesthetic quality of greatness under duress-from early English Romanticism to the New Poetry Movement in twentieth-century China. Zheng sets up the former and the latter as distinct but historically analogous moments and argues that both the European Romantic reinvention of the sublime and its later Chinese transformation represent cultural movements built on the excessive and capacious nature of the sublime to counter their shared sense of historical crisis. The author further postulates through a critical analysis of Edmund Burke's Inquiry into the Origins of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, William Wordsworth's Prelude, and Guo Moruo's experimental poem "Fenghuang Niepan" ("Nirvana of the Phoenix") and verse drama Qu Yuan that these aesthetic practices of modernity suggest a deliberate historical hyperbolization of literary agency. Such an agency is in turn constructed imaginatively and affectively as a means to redress different cultures' traumatic encounter with modernity. The volume will be of interest to scholars including graduate students of Romanticism, philosophy, history, English literature, Chinese literature, comparative literature, and (comparative) cultural studies.
Summary Book Review Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature by Li-hua Ying:
Download or read book Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature written by Li-hua Ying and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2021-11-15 with total page 824 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Modern Chinese literature has been flourishing for over a century, with varying degrees of intensity and energy at different junctures of history and points of locale. An integral part of world literature from the moment it was born, it has been in constant dialogue with its counterparts from the rest of the world. As it has been challenged and enriched by external influences, it has contributed to the wealth of literary culture of the entire world. In terms of themes and styles, modern Chinese literature is rich and varied; from the revolutionary to the pastoral, from romanticism to feminism, from modernism to post-modernism, critical realism, psychological realism, socialist realism, and magical realism. Indeed, it encompasses a full range of ideological and aesthetic concerns. This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature presents a broad perspective on the development and history of literature in modern China. It offers a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors, literary and historical developments, trends, genres, and concepts that played a central role in the evolution of modern Chinese literature.
Summary Book Review The A to Z of Modern Chinese Literature by Li-hua Ying:
Download or read book The A to Z of Modern Chinese Literature written by Li-hua Ying and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2010 with total page 466 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Modern Chinese literature has been flourishing for over a century, with varying degrees of intensity and energy at different junctures of history and points of locale. An integral part of world literature from the moment it was born, it has been in constant dialogue with its counterparts from the rest of the world. As it has been challenged and enriched by external influences, it has contributed to the wealth of literary culture of the entire world. In terms of themes and styles, modern Chinese literature is rich and varied; from the revolutionary to the pastoral, from romanticism to feminism, from modernism to post-modernism, critical realism, psychological realism, socialist realism, and magical realism. Indeed, it encompasses a full range of ideological and aesthetic concerns. The A to Z of Modern Chinese Literature presents a broad perspective on the development and history of literature in modern China. It offers a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors, literary and historical developments, trends, genres, and concepts that played a central role in the evolution of modern Chinese literature.
Summary Book Review Chinese Revolution and Chinese Literature by Tao Dongfeng:
Download or read book Chinese Revolution and Chinese Literature written by Tao Dongfeng and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2009-05-05 with total page 330 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume has brought together essays to explore, analyse and interpret the revolutionary tradition in modern Chinese literature over the past century from various angles. The authors examines the bodily or carnal dimension, especially the hidden implication of sexual passion, in revolutionary literature, formulate feminist critiques of the conception of women in literary expressions of revolution, explore the function of revolution as historical discourse and in historiographical representation, and discuss the reworking of “revolutionary classics” in recent literary and artistic endeavours. Here, revolution (in history and in literature) is conceptualized neither as an unquestionably progressive and creative force for a new world, nor an absolutely pejorative concept that necessarily leads to sociopolitical turmoil and tragedy. Insofar as “postrevolutionary writings” cannot but reappropriate the revolutionary spirit as their unavoidable and inseparable traumatic kernel, studies in revolutionary literature and culture, too, go through the zigzag experience of revolution in order to scrutinize its complex implications.
Summary Book Review A Companion to Modern Chinese Literature by Yingjin Zhang:
Download or read book A Companion to Modern Chinese Literature written by Yingjin Zhang and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2015-08-07 with total page 592 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This wide-ranging Companion provides a vital overview of modern Chinese literature in different geopolitical areas, from the 1840s to now. It reviews major accomplishments of Chinese literary scholarship published in Chinese and English and brings attention to previously neglected, important areas. Offers the most thorough and concise coverage of modern Chinese literature to date, drawing attention to previously neglected areas such as late Qing, Sinophone, and ethnic minority literature Several chapters explore literature in relation to Sinophone geopolitics, regional culture, urban culture, visual culture, print media, and new media The introduction and two chapters furnish overviews of the institutional development of modern Chinese literature in Chinese and English scholarship since the mid-twentieth century Contributions from leading literary scholars in mainland China and Hong Kong add their voices to international scholarship
Summary Book Review Belief, History and the Individual in Modern Chinese Literary Culture by Artur K. Wardega:
Download or read book Belief, History and the Individual in Modern Chinese Literary Culture written by Artur K. Wardega and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2009-03-26 with total page 190 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A value system in constant change; a longing for stability amid uncertainties about the future; a new consciousness about the unlimited challenges and aspirations in modern life: these are themes in modern Chinese literature that attract the attention of overseas readers as well as its domestic audience. They also provide Chinese and foreign literary researchers with complex questions about human life and achievements that search beyond national identities for global interaction and exchange. This volume presents ten outstanding essays by Chinese and European scholars who have undertaken such exchange for the purpose of examining the individual and society in modern Chinese literature.
Summary Book Review A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune by Haosheng Yang:
Download or read book A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune written by Haosheng Yang and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2016-02-22 with total page 265 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune, Haosheng Yang studies the classical-style poems of the most iconoclastic May Fourth Chinese writers and highlights the use of traditional language and forms as a salient facet of Chinese literary modernity.
Summary Book Review China’s Literary and Cultural Scenes at the Turn of the 21st Century by Jie Lu:
Download or read book China’s Literary and Cultural Scenes at the Turn of the 21st Century written by Jie Lu and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-10-18 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: China’s literary and cultural production at the turn of the twenty-first century is marked by heterogeneity, plurality, and diversity. Given its complexity, the literary/cultural production of this period perhaps can be understood most productively as a response to a global modernity that has touched and transformed all aspects of contemporary Chinese reality. The eleven essays in this book offer an introduction to some of the most important works published at the turn of the twenty-first century. In combining textual analysis of specific works with theoretical insights, and in locating the texts in their sociocultural and socioeconomic contexts, the essays explore key theoretical issues and intellectual concerns of the time. They collectively draw a broad contour of new developments, major trends, and radical changes, capturing the intellectual and cultural Zeitgeist of the age. All in all, these essays offer new theoretical approaches to, and critical perspectives on, contemporary Chinese literature and culture.
Summary Book Review Fate and Prognostication in the Chinese Literary Imagination by :
Download or read book Fate and Prognostication in the Chinese Literary Imagination written by and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2020-04-28 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The essays collected in Fate and Prognostication in the Chinese Literary Imagination deal with the issues hidden in the Chinese conception of fate as represented in literary texts and films, with a focus placed on human efforts to solve the riddles of fate prediction.
Summary Book Review Twentieth-century Chinese Women's Poetry: An Anthology by Julia C. Lin:
Download or read book Twentieth-century Chinese Women's Poetry: An Anthology written by Julia C. Lin and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-12-18 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Chinese women's writing is rich and abundant, although not well known in the West. Despite the brutal wars and political upheavals that ravaged twentieth-century China, the ranks of women in the literary world increased dramatically. This anthology introduces English language readers to a comprehensive selection of Chinese women poets from both the mainland and Taiwan. It spans the early 1920s and the era of Republican China's literary renaissance through the end of the twentieth century. The collection includes 245 poems by forty poets in elegant English translations, as well as an extensive introduction that surveys the history of contemporary Chinese women's poetry. Brief biographical head notes introduce each poet, from Bin Xin, China's preeminent woman poet in the early Republican period, to Rongzi, a leading poet of modern Taiwan. The selections are startling, moving, and wide-ranging in mood and tone. Together they present an enticing palette of delightful, elegant, playful, lyric, and tragic poetry.
Summary Book Review Literary Societies Of Republican China by Denton & Hockx:
Download or read book Literary Societies Of Republican China written by Denton & Hockx and published by Lexington Books. This book was released on 1955-01-01 with total page 602 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Denton and Hockx present thirteen essays treating a variety of literary organizations from China's Republican era (1911-1949). Interdisciplinary in approach, the essays are primarily concerned with describing and analyzing the social and cultural complexity of literary groupings and the role of these social formations in literary production of the period.
Summary Book Review Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers by Laifong Leung:
Download or read book Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers written by Laifong Leung and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-07-28 with total page 394 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the years since the death of Mao Zedong, interest in Chinese writers and Chinese literature has risen significantly in the West. In 2000, Gao Xingjian became the first Chinese writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature followed by Mo Yan in 2012, and writers such as Ha Jin and Da Sijie have also become well known in the West. Despite this progress, the vast majority of Chinese writers remain largely unknown outside of China. This book introduces the lives and works of eighty contemporary Chinese writers, and focuses on writers from the "Rightist" generation (Bai Hua, Gao Xiaosheng, Liu Shaotang), writers of the Red Guard generation (Li Rui, Wang Anyi), Post-Cultural Revolution Writers, as well as others. Unlike earlier works, it provides detailed, often first-hand, biographical information on this wide range of writers, including their career trajectories, major themes and artistic characteristics. In addition to this, each entry includes a critical presentation and evaluation of the writer’s major works, a selected bibliography of publications that includes works in Chinese, works translated into English, and critical articles and books available in English. Offering a valuable contribution to the field of contemporary Chinese literature by making detailed information about Chinese writers more accessible, this book will be of interest to students and scholars Chinese Literature, Contemporary Literature and Chinese Studies.
Download or read book Maoist Laughter written by Ping Zhu and published by Hong Kong University Press. This book was released on 2019-08-01 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: WINNER — 2020 Choice’s Outstanding Academic Title During the Mao years, laughter in China was serious business. Simultaneously an outlet for frustrations and grievances, a vehicle for socialist education, and an object of official study, laughter brought together the political, the personal, the aesthetic, the ethical, the affective, the physical, the aural, and the visual. The ten essays in Maoist Laughter convincingly demonstrate that the connection between laughter and political culture was far more complex than conventional conceptions of communist indoctrination can explain. Their sophisticated readings of a variety of genres—including dance, cartoon, children’s literature, comedy, regional oral performance, film, and fiction—uncover many nuanced innovations and experiments with laughter during what has been too often misinterpreted as an unrelentingly bleak period. In Mao’s China, laughter helped to regulate both political and popular culture and often served as an indicator of shifting values, alliances, and political campaigns. In exploring this phenomenon, Maoist Laughter is a significant correction to conventional depictions of socialist China. “Maoist Laughter brings together prominent scholars of contemporary China to make a timely and original contribution to the burgeoning field of Maoist literature and culture. One of its main strengths lies in the sheer number of genres covered, including dance, traditional Chinese performance, visual arts, film, and literature. The focus on humor in the Maoist period gives an exciting new perspective from which to understand cultural production in twentieth-century China.” —Krista Van Fleit, University of South Carolina “An illuminating study of the culture of laughter in the Maoist period. Focusing on much-neglected topics such as satire, jokes, and humor, this book is an essential contribution to our understanding of how socialist culture actually ‘worked’ as a coherent, dynamic, and constructive life experience. The chapters show that traditional culture could almost blend perfectly with revolutionary mission.” —Xiaomei Chen, University of California, Davis
Author :Matthew D. Johnson Publisher :Bloomsbury Publishing USA Release Date :2014-05-29 ISBN 10 :9781623563127 Pages :368 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.6/5 (312 users download)
Summary Book Review China's iGeneration by Matthew D. Johnson:
Download or read book China's iGeneration written by Matthew D. Johnson and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2014-05-29 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This innovative collection of essays on twenty-first century Chinese cinema and moving image culture features contributions from an international community of scholars, critics, and practitioners. Taken together, their perspectives make a compelling case that the past decade has witnessed a radical transformation of conventional notions of cinema. Following China's accession to the WTO in 2001, personal and collective experiences of changing social conditions have added new dimensions to the increasingly diverse Sinophone media landscape, and provided a novel complement to the existing edifice of blockbusters, documentaries, and auteur culture. The numerous 'iGeneration' productions and practices examined in this volume include 3D and IMAX films, experimental documentaries, animation, visual aides-mémoires, and works of pirated pastiche. Together, they bear witness to the emergence of a new Chinese cinema characterized by digital and, trans-media representational strategies, the blurring of private/public distinctions, and dynamic reinterpretations of the very notion of 'cinema' itself.
Summary Book Review Cities Surround The Countryside by Robin Visser:
Download or read book Cities Surround The Countryside written by Robin Visser and published by Duke University Press. This book was released on 2010-03-22 with total page 373 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Denounced as parasitical under Chairman Mao and devalued by the norms of traditional Chinese ethics, the city now functions as a site of individual and collective identity in China. Cities envelop the countryside, not only geographically and demographically but also in terms of cultural impact. Robin Visser illuminates the cultural dynamics of three decades of radical urban development in China. Interpreting fiction, cinema, visual art, architecture, and urban design, she analyzes how the aesthetics of the urban environment have shaped the emotions and behavior of people and cultures, and how individual and collective images of and practices in the city have produced urban aesthetics. By relating the built environment to culture, Visser situates postsocialist Chinese urban aesthetics within local and global economic and intellectual trends. In the 1980s, writers, filmmakers, and artists began to probe the contradictions in China’s urbanization policies and rhetoric. Powerful neorealist fiction, cinema, documentaries, paintings, photographs, performances, and installations contrasted forms of glittering urban renewal with the government’s inattention to a livable urban infrastructure. Narratives and images depicting the melancholy urban subject came to illustrate ethical quandaries raised by urban life. Visser relates her analysis of this art to major transformations in urban planning under global neoliberalism, to the development of cultural studies in the Chinese academy, and to ways that specific cities, particularly Beijing and Shanghai, figure in the cultural imagination. Despite the environmental and cultural destruction caused by China’s neoliberal policies, Visser argues for the emergence of a new urban self-awareness, one that offers creative resolutions for the dilemmas of urbanism through new forms of intellectual engagement in society and nascent forms of civic governance.