Chinese Literature in the Second Half of a Modern Century by Pang-Yuan Chi, David Der-wei Wang

By Pang-Yuan Chi, David Der-wei Wang

"... a huge contribution to the learn of contemporary chinese language literature." -- Choice"This high quality, scholarly survey of chinese language literature when you consider that 1949... discusses such tendencies as modernism, nativism, realism, root-seeking and 'scar' literature, 'misty' poets, and political, feminist, and societal concerns in smooth chinese language literature." -- Library JournalThis quantity is a survey of recent chinese language literature in the second one 1/2 the 20 th century. It has 3 pursuits: (1) to introduce figures, works, pursuits, and debates that represent the dynamics of chinese language literature from 1949 to the top of the century; (2) to depict the enunciative endeavors, starting from ideological treatises to avant-garde experiments, that tell the polyphonic discourse of chinese language cultural politics; (3) to monitor the ancient elements that enacted the interaction of literary (post)modernities throughout the chinese language groups within the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and in a foreign country.

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By Pang-Yuan Chi, David Der-wei Wang

"... a huge contribution to the learn of contemporary chinese language literature." -- Choice"This high quality, scholarly survey of chinese language literature when you consider that 1949... discusses such tendencies as modernism, nativism, realism, root-seeking and 'scar' literature, 'misty' poets, and political, feminist, and societal concerns in smooth chinese language literature." -- Library JournalThis quantity is a survey of recent chinese language literature in the second one 1/2 the 20 th century. It has 3 pursuits: (1) to introduce figures, works, pursuits, and debates that represent the dynamics of chinese language literature from 1949 to the top of the century; (2) to depict the enunciative endeavors, starting from ideological treatises to avant-garde experiments, that tell the polyphonic discourse of chinese language cultural politics; (3) to monitor the ancient elements that enacted the interaction of literary (post)modernities throughout the chinese language groups within the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and in a foreign country.

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In Hong Kong, Xi Xi recounts a series of fantasies of “Marvels of the Floating City” (Fucheng zhiyi ) in the shadow of the city’s impending return to China, while Huang Biyun describes the psychological impact of the “deadline” of return through a series of ghoulish accounts of murder, suicide, disappearance, and madness. Second, contemporary Chinese literature is marked by writers’ “lyrical” approach to history. 8 Such a paradigm has been challenged by the new generation of writers: practice itself has proven otherwise.

Han Shaogong has been hailed as the most vehement defender of root-seeking writings, but his works, such as Bababa [Pa-pa-pa] and Nü nü nü [Woman-womanwoman], unfailingly turn the root-seeking experience into an extravagant adventure into the unknown world of either primitive civilization or the human unconscious. After several attempts at root-seeking writings, Wang Anyi found her “roots” in feminist issues, as reflected by her three “love” stories (Xiaocheng zhilian [Love in a small town], Huangshan zhilian [Love in a barren mountain], Jinxiugu zhilian [Love in the Jinxiu valley]).

Almost in a manner of déjà vu, the antagonism and mutual illumination of these two movements recapitulate some of the basic issues underlying the debate between native soil and modernist literature in ’60s Taiwan. Critics have questioned whether root-seeking writers’ penchant for regionalism and local color promoted a kind of cultural parochialism that capitalized on the post-Mao public mentality to localize, and therefore trivialize, the national aspiration for self-renewal. But at a time when the whole PRC was asked by the new leaders to “look forward,” rootseeking writers’ insistence on looking “backward,” “downward,” and “inward” indicated a highly defiant posture.

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