1st Edition

Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers
Biography, Bibliography, and Critical Assessment

ISBN 9780765617606
Published August 17, 2016 by Routledge
394 Pages

USD $275.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

    1. Ah Cheng (m): King of Chess
    2. Ah Lai (m): Half Hui and half Tibetan
    3. Bai Hua (m): Braving through political campaigns
    4. Bei Cun (m): A Christian writer
    5. Bi Feiyu (m): Portraying women and the blind people
    6. Can Xue (f): Probing the subconscious and the grotesque
    7. Chen Cun (m): Subverting the grand narrative
    8. Chen Ran (f): A sensitive feminist
    9. Chen Jiangong (M): From the coalmine to the Beijing alleys
    10. Chen Zhongshi (m): Constructing the White Deer Plain
    11. Cheng Naishan (f): Nostalgia for old Shanghai
    12. Chi Li (f): Capturing the rhythm of the city
    13. Chi Zijian (f): Writer from North Pole Village
    14. Cong Weixi (m): Gulag Survivor
    15. Dai Houying (f): From fervent Red Guard to critic of Mao
    16. Deng Youmei (m): Re-imaging old Beijing
    17. Fang Fang (f): Constructing the "landscape" of Wuhan
    18. Feng Jicai (m): Rescuing human nature and folk culture
    19. Gao Xiaosheng (m): Writing satire and fantasy
    20. Gao Xingjian (m): Nobel Prize winner, novelist and playwright
    21. Ge Fei (m): A literati with avant-garde characteristics
    22. Han Shaogong (m): Rustication and root-searching
    23. He Liwei (m): Innovator of narrative language
    24. Jia Pingwa (m): A peasant literati in Xi’an
    25. Jiang Rong (m): Playing with wolves
    26. Jiang Zilong (m): Forerunner of Reform Literature
    27. Kong Jiesheng (m): From Canton to Washington D.C.
    28. Lao Gui (m): A rebel
    29. Li Hangyu (m): Searching roots in folk culture
    30. Li Rui (m): Digging the deep earth
    31. Liang Xiaosheng (m): An angry youth from Harbin
    32. Lin Bai (f): A feminist wanderer from Guangxi
    33. Lin Jinlan (m): A wise man knowing the art of emptiness
    34. Liu Heng (m): From fiction to film to drama
    35. Liu Cixin (m): A star in Chinese Science Fiction
    36. Liu Qingbang (m): King of Short Fiction
    37. Liu Shaotang (m): Preserving tales along the Grand Canal
    38. Liu Xinwu (m): Pioneer of Scar Literature
    39. Liu Xinglong (m): A humanist from small town
    40. Liu Zhengyun (m): Piercing through officialdom and history
    41. Lu Tianming (m): Fearless writer of Anti-corruption Fiction
    42. Lu Wenfu (m): Connoisseur of Suzhou
    43. Lu Xing’er (f): Promoting women’s self-empowerment
    44. Lu Xinhua (m): Father of Scar Literature
    45. Lu Yao (m): Caught between rural and urban
    46. Ma Yuan (m): Creator of labyrinths
    47. Mai Jia (m): Pioneer of Spy Fiction
    48. Mo Yan (m): Nobel Prize winner from the land of Red Sorghum
    49. Qiu Huadong (m): A city "intruder"
    50. Shen Rong (f): From propagandist to satire
    51. Shi Tiesheng (m): Not confined to a wheelchair
    52. Su Tong (m): An energetic story teller from Suzhou
    53. Taxi Tawa (m): Writing Tibet and its soul
    54. Tie Ning (f): A versatile writer of the rural and the urban
    55. Wang Anyi (f): Flexible and prolific writer from Shanghai
    56. Wang Meng (m): Forever a young man
    57. Wang Shuo (m): Not only a "hooligan writer"
    58. Wang Zengqi (m): Merging with nature and the void
    59. Xu Kun (f): Between Beijing and Shenyang
    60. Xu Xiaobin (f): Not just a feminist writer
    61. Yan Lianke (m): An exuberant peasant-soldier writer
    62. Yang Xianhui (m): Chronicling the Gulag and the famine
    63. Ye Guangqin (f): A Manchu Princess
    64. Ye Xin (m): Writing rustication and Shanghai
    65. Yu Hua (m): Obsessed with paranoia, violence, and suffering
    66. Zhang Chengzhi (m): Red Guard and Muslim
    67. Zhang Jie (f): An angry feminist
    68. Zhang Kangkang (f): A trend setter and more
    69. Zhang Ping (m): A fierce critic of corruption
    70. Zhang Wei (m): A literati from Shandong
    71. Zhang Xian (m): Sympathizer of women’s plight
    72. Zhang Xianliang (m): Prominent writer of the Chinese Gulag
    73. Zhang Xin (f): Portraying women entrepreneurs in Canton
    74. Zhang Xinxin (f): Restless woman on the road
    75. Zheng Wanlong (m): Seeking roots in gold mines and minorities
    76. Zheng Yi (m): A flexible rebel and thinker
    77. Zhou Daxin (m): Escaping from the plateau
    78. Zhu Lin (f): Giving voice to women and the juvenile
    79. Zhu Xiaoping (m): An outsider in Mulberry Tree Village

    80. Zong Pu (f): A woman literati and modernist

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Laifong Leung taught Chinese literature, language, and calligraphy at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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