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Narrating China
Jia Pingwa and his Fictional World

ISBN 9780415655682
Published July 11, 2012 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

Jia Pingwa, whose novels have caused both fame and controversy, has an enormous readership throughout the Chinese speaking world. However, despite Pingwa's cultural significance and the use of his poetry, novels and prose in schools and universities, there has never been any substantial academic study of the writer and his writings. Filling that gap, this book examines the corpus of Pingwa’s writing and emphasizes his importance, prominence and relevance to contemporary Chinese society.

This pioneering study discusses Pingwa's works in the light of ‘cultural nationalism’, showing how he links the cultural identity of China with the cultural authenticity of his local Shaanxi Province. In addition, the book highlights issues of nationalism in contemporary Chinese literature and underpins the significance of regional writing in negotiating China’s national identities.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Life and Career of Jia Pingwa  3. Defunct Capital and Cultural Landscaping  4. Defunct Capital and the Sexual Dissident  5. Defunct Capital and Female Domesticity  6. White Nights and Sleepless in Xijing  7. Earth Gate and Loss of the Native Place  8. Old Gao Village and Native Place Dystopia  9. Remembering Wolves through Local Events  10. Poetry, Essays and Jia Pingwa’s Literary Personage  Conclusion – Poetics of Native Place  Narrating China and Cultural Ethnography  Authenticity and Fictional Estrangement  From Health Report to Local Accent: Future Poetics of Native Place  Appendixes   1. Interview with Wang Yiyan  2. Chronology  3. Autobiographies and critical biographies  4. Works by Jia Pingwa

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Yiyan Wang Professor of Chinese at the School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


'The breadth of the essays and the quality of the book's production provide an exceptional introduction to the field.' - China Journal