Chinese Literature Today

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 1, 2015

After the "Steamed Bun" E'gao and Its Postsocialist Politics
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)In the early 2000s, the proliferation of e'gao ... films, or online spoofs, generated much interest among scholars in Chinese studies. E'gao films are multimedia parodies or satires that employ different...
A Multitude of Clamor
Wang Anyi. A Multitude of Clamor. Fiction. Shanghai. Shanghai Literature Art Press. 2013. 200 pages. 23.00 RMB. ISBN 9787532147151.When all is said and done, this novel is a dreamland among literature. It has both a sense of being closed offwhile remaining...
A Phone Call from Dalian
Han Dong. A Phone Call from Dalian. Nicky Harmon et al. trans. Poetry. Hong Kong. Zephyr Press and The Chinese University Press of Hong Kong. 2012. 105 pages. $15.00. ISBN 9780983297017The ideal poetry collection is not satisfying. It doesn't sit idly...
A Public Intellectual in the Internet Age Han Han's Everyman Appeal
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Less than a month after the release of Han Han's ... commercially successful comedic film The Continent (Houhui wuqi ...), Tsinghua professor and cultural critic Xiao Ying ... published an article on...
A Study of New Century Chinese Novels' Literary Forms
Yan Jiexiong. A Study of New Century Chinese Novels' Literary Forms. Nonfiction. Beijing. The Writers Publishing House. 2013. 302 pages. 30 RMB. ISBN 9787506370998Novel writing has been flourishing in China even since the 1990s. Annual sales rates of...
A Window to the Busy Street Noise Pollution and Chen Jingrong's Eco-Poetry in the 1980s
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)the clouds, the trees, the windowsthe bustling traffic and pedestrians-Chen Jingrong, "If Such a Day Arrives," February 19831When they look back at the moment that catalyzed their poetic rebellion against...
Charming Connections Chen Jingrong's Translations as a Factor of Poetic Influence
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)People don't change when you tell them they should.They change when they tell themselves they must.-Thomas L. Friedman, The World Is FlatFor some years toward the end of the 1980s, I was living in Milan,...
Chen Jingrong
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Chen Jingrong ... was born in Leshan, Sichuan Province, in 1917. Her early education was a combination of classical Chinese literature at home and Westernized modern education at the Leshan Gongxin Girl's...
Chinese Literature in the World an Interview with Ban Wang
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Stanford Professor Ban Wang has written on a wide range of subjects from early Chinese modernism to contemporary literature and beyond. His work has had a strong influence on the field of modern Chinese...
Chinese Writers on Writing
Chinese Writers on Writing. Arthur Sze, ed. The Writer's World, vol. 5. Nonfiction. San Antonio, TX. Trinity University Press. 2010. 308 pages. $18.95. ISBN 9781595340634In this fifth volume from the highly acclaimed Writer's World series, Chinese Writers...
Confession
Qiao Ye. Confession. Fiction. Beijing. Beijing October Literature and Art Publishing House. 2013. 472 pages. 35 RMB. ISBN 9787530213384Confession is the kind of work that people read in one breath late at night. They want to stop but cannot. It affects...
Editor's Note
In the late nineteenth century, Buddhist notions of a world infinitely interconnected by a complex web of relations began to trickle into the West. Over a century later, the Internet is a real-time embodiment of this core Buddhist concept of "Indra's...
From Comparison to World Literature
Zhang Longxi. From Comparison to World Literature. SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Nonfiction. Albany. State University of New York Press. 2015. 202 pages. $80.00. ISBN 9781438454719Zhang Longxi's newest book is an attempt "to argue not...
How Not to Teach China in America
Some critics characterize the United States not as a nation but as an empire. Although it is difficult to convince anybody loyal to the empire that he may be an imperial subject, I find much evidence of what may be called the imperial attitude. "Imperial"...
Morality, Aesthetics, and World Literature in Liang Qichao
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The Future of New China (Xin Zhongguo weilai ji ...), a novel by Liang Qichao ..., begins with a magnificent gathering of nations in the Chinese capital Nanjing along with a spectacle of cultural and...
Opening Ceremony for the Chinese Poetry Research Institute of Beijing University
Beijing University held the opening ceremony for its new Chinese Poetry Research Institute buildings on April 26, 2015. Ceremony attendees included the current university president, Lin Jianhua, former president Wang Enge, and hundreds of poets and critics,...
Poetry for the People? Modern Chinese Poetry in the Age of the Internet
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)What has the growth of the Internet in mainland China meant for the genre of modern Chinese poetry as well as for the people who write and read poems? Most would agree that the Internet has made it much...
Selected Poems
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)OctoberOutside paper windows, bamboos whisper:"Emei, Emei,Haunt of ancient spirits."Who is there, on a bamboo raftFingering a reed flute,Piping of its white snow-capped peak, bright like the moon?Translated...
Startling by Each Click "Word-of-Mouse" Publicity and Critically Manufacturing Time-Travel Romance Online
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)China in the new millennium has witnessed a digital literary renaissance that epitomizes one of the most vigorous dimensions of contemporary cultural production. Internet literature has not only drawn...
"Steady Updating Is the Kingly Way" the VIP System and Its Impact on the Creation of Online Novels
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Chinese Internet literature has undergone drastic changes since its beginnings in the mid-1990s. Since that time, there has been enormous growth in the number of people who read or write literature online,...
The Contest of Life and Death: Rich Chinese in Vancouver
Ke Zhaolong. The Contest of Life and Death: Rich Chinese in Vancouver. Fiction. Guangzhou. Guangdong renmin chubanshe. 2013. 403 pages. 38 RMB. ISBN 9787218090665How far is it from China to Canada? Perhaps you will say a little over ten hours by plane....
The Intertextual Reading of Chinese Literature with Mo Yan's Works as Examples
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The method of intertextual reading is well known in contemporary literary criticism. According to this method, the meaning of a literary text does not reside in the text, but is produced by the reader...
The Portrayal of Images: Social Views of Popular Culture (2008-2012)
Zhang Huiyu. The Portrayal of Images: Social Views of Popular Culture (2008-2012). Nonfiction. Hong Kong: SDX Joint Publishing Company. 2012. 217 pages. 35 RMB. ISBN 9787108040428Professional researchers often regard movies and literature as an easy...
US-China Relations and the Humanities: Teaching "The Best That Has Been Thought and Said"
More and more ambitious young people from the East are looking to American education and culture, nurturing dreams for a bright future. Just at the moment when the American dream is in doubt and is fading in the midst of the economic crisis, just when...
Verse Going Viral: China's New Media Scenes
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)chinese literature in review Heather Inwood. Verse Going Viral: China's New Media Scenes. Nonfiction. Seattle and London. University of Washington Press. 2014. viii + 266 pages. $30.00 USD. ISBN 9780295993706Verse...
Wind Says
Bai Hua. Wind Says. Fiona Sze-Lorrain, trans. Poetry. Hong Kong. Zephyr Press. 2012. 191 pages. $15.00. ISBN 9780983297062From the front cover to the last page, Wind Says offers a beautiful presentation of poetry selections by Bai Hua in the original...
World Literature in Transformation
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Because of the attention that the Nobel Prize in Literature attracts across the world and because of its prestige, the Nobel laureates have come to be seen as forming a kind of international canon of...
Zero and Other Fictions
Huang Fan. Zero and Other Fictions. John Balcom, trans. Fiction. New York. Columbia University Press. 2011. 152 pages. $24.00. ISBN 9780231157407Zero and Other Fictions is the first collection of works from Huang Fan to appear in English. It does not...
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