The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937


"Quite apart from her contributions as a literary critic, Shu-mei Shih is able to historicize literary developments of the period most persuasively. Her analysis of Shanghai, the city, and the literary movement it spawned, is crafted with great sensitivity to both history and literature. In many ways, it is the most inclusive historical study of modern Chinese literature in its formative period."--Prasenjit Duara, author of "Rescuing History from the Nation"

"This is the most thoroughly researched study of Chinese modernism published to date. The author's theoretical interventions greatly enrich our understanding of colonial modernity and the stakes of comparison in cross-cultural studies. The book is a major contribution to modern Chinese literary studies and comparative literature."--Lydia Liu, editor of "Tokens of Exchange"

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2001


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