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Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature

ISBN 9781138647541
Published September 4, 2018 by Routledge
740 Pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature presents a comprehensive overview of Chinese literature from the 1910s to the present day. Featuring detailed studies of selected masterpieces, it adopts a thematic-comparative approach. By developing an innovative conceptual framework predicated on a new theory of periodization, it thus situates Chinese literature in the context of world literature, and the forces of globalization.

Each section consists of a series of contributions examining the major literary genres, including fiction, poetry, essay drama and film. Offering an exciting account of the century-long process of literary modernization in China, the handbook’s themes include:

  • Modernization of people and writing
  • Realism, rmanticism and mdernist asthetics
  • Chinese literature on the stage and screen
  • Patriotism, war and revolution
  • Feminism, liberalism and socialism
  • Literature of reform, reflection and experimentation
  • Literature of Taiwan, Hong Kong and new media

This handbook provides an integration of biographical narrative with textual analysis, maintaining a subtle balance between comprehensive overview and in-depth examination. As such, it is an essential reference guide for all students and scholars of Chinese literature.

Table of Contents

General introduction: writing modern Chinese literature in English, Ming Dong Gu

Part I Early modern literature (c. 1910s–1942)

Introduction: national salvation and human enlightenment

Section I Realism and the anatomy of Chineseness

1. Lu Xun’s writings: modernizing Chinese language and consciousness, Ming Dong Gu

2. Mao Dun and his masterpieces, Theodore Huters

3. Ba Jin’s fiction and The Family, Kristin Stapleton

4. Lao She’s fiction and Camel Xiangzi, Lena Rydholm

5. Li Jieren’s fiction and Ripples on Dead Water, Kenny K. K. Ng

6. Fiction of Left-wing writers: between ideological commitment and aesthetic dedication, Nicoletta Pesaro

Section II Romanticism and the new people

7. Imagining new Chinese in Guo Moruo’s poetry, Paolo Magagnin

8. Romanticizing new Chinese in poetry: Zhu Ziqing, Wen Yiduo, Xu Zimo, Frederik H. Green

9. Yu Dafu’s romantic fiction: youth consciousness in crisis, Tong He

Section III Modernist aesthetics and sensibilities

10. Modern consciousness and symbolist poetry: Fei Ming, Li Jinfa and others, Gang Zhou

11. The poetry of Dai Wangshu: where tradition meets modernism, Yaohua Shi

12. The new sensationalists: Shi Zhecun, Mu Shiying, Liu Nai’ou, Christopher Rosenmeier

Section IV Old and new Chinese on stage and screen

13. Early modern drama: Hong Shen, Ouyang Yuqian, Xia Yan, Xiaowen Xu

14. Cao Yu’s plays and Thunderstorm, Liangyan Ge

15. Masterpieces of early cinema, Corrado Neri

Part II Middle modern literature (late 1930s1977)

Introduction: war, revolution, and the individual

Section V Poetry and patriotism

16. Zang Kejia and Tian Jian’s poetry: a clarion for national salvation, Yang Bingfeng

17. Ai Qing’s poetry and Dayanhe, My Nurse, Victor Vuilleumier

18. Feng Zhi, MU Dan and the nine leaves, Gloria Davies

Section VI Topical plays and modern essays

19. Historical plays of Guo Moruo and Tian Han, Ning Ma

20. Plays of Chen Baichen and Yang Hansheng, Letizia Fusini

21. Modern Chinese essays: Zhou Zuoren, Lin Yutang and others, Tonglu Li

Section VII Literature of revolutionary realism

22. Novels of Zhao Shuli and Sun Li: chronicles of new peasantry, Tonglu Li

23. Zhou Libo’s fiction and The Hurricane, Marco Fumian

24. Fiction of Yang Mo and Ouyang Shan: from new youth to revolutionary youth, Yuehong Chen

Section VIII Proto-feminism and liberal realism

25. Ding Ling’s feminist writings: new women in crisis of subjectivity, Géraldine Fiss

26. Eileen Chang’s fiction: a study of alienated human nature, Ming Dong Gu

27. Independent writers: Shen Congwen, Xu Dishan, Qian Zhongshu, Philip Williams

Section IX Literature of socialist realism

28. Fiction of new China (1949–1966), Xiangshu Fang and Lijun Bi

29. Poetry of new China (1949–1966), Lijun Bi and Xiangshu Fang

30. Dramas of new China (1949–1966), Weijie Song

31. Literature of the Cultural Revolution, Lena Henningsen

Part III Late modern literature (late 1970searly 1990s)

Introduction: humanist revival and literary renaissance

Section X Literature of trauma, memory, reflection

32. Literature of trauma and reflections, Meng Li and King-fai Tam

33. Literature of reform and root-seeking, Meng Li and King-fai Tam

34. Films of reflection and nativity, Yanjie Wang

Section XI Literature of experiments and innovation

35. Avant-garde fiction: Can Xue, Ma Yuan, Yu Hua and others, Irmy Schweiger

36. Experimental and opaque poetry: Bei Dao, Shu Ting, Gu Cheng, and others, Cosima Bruno

37. Plays of late modern period, Liang Luo

Part IV Postmodern literature (late 1980spresent)

Introduction: multiplicity of themes and forms

Section XII Literature of new realism

38. Fiction of Wang Meng and Alai: new approaches to historical fiction, Mei-Hsuan Chiang

39. Yu Hua’s and Su Tong’s fiction, Anne Wedell-Wedellsborg

40. Jia Pingwa and Chen Zhongshi: two masters of rural literature, Yiju Huang

41. Female neo-realism: masterworks of Zhang Jie, Wang Anyi, and Chi Li, Hui Faye Xiao

Section XIII Postmodern realism

42. Mo Yan’s fiction: human existence beyond good and evil, Tonglu Li

43. Gao Xingjian and Soul Mountain, Carolyn Fitzgerald

44. Ge Fei and his South of Yangtse Trilogy, Andrea Riemenschnitter

45. Bi Feiyu’s fiction: portraits of the disadvantaged, Xiuyin Peng

Section XIV Literature of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and new media

46. Postwar Taiwan literature: an overview, Christopher Lupke

47. Masterpieces of Taiwan fiction: Chen Yingzhen and Bai Xianyong, Pei-yin Lin

48. Masterpieces of Taiwan poetry: Ji Xian and Yu Guangzhong, Pei-yin Lin

49. Hong Kong literature: an overview, Paul B. Foster

50. Chinese internet literature: digital literary genres and new writing subjects, Guozhong Duan

Conclusion: a review of Chinese literature since the 1980s, Chen Xiaoming

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Ming Dong Gu is Distinguished Professor of Foreign Studies at Shenzhen University, China and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Dallas, USA. His recent publications include Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism (2013), Translating China for Western Readers (editor, 2014) and Why Traditional Chinese Philosophy Still Matters (editor, 2018).