Chinese Literature Today

Articles from Vol. 1, No. 2, Winter

Another Look at Subjective Self-Consciousness and Contemporary Chinese Literature
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The Chinese scholarly world since the mid-1980s has periodically reevaluated and proposed new criticisms of contemporary Chinese literature. In the process of rendering specific criticism, it often fails...
Between License and Responsibility: Reexamining the Role of the Poet in Twenty-First-Century Chinese Society
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Since the mid-2000s, the Chinese poetry scene has witnessed a proliferation of discourse that focuses on the preferred relationship between poetry and reality. Opinions differ greatly over to what extent...
Body-Writing: Cruel Youth, Urban Linglei, and Special Economic Zone Syndrome in Mian Mian's Candy
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)"In the end, do we lose control in order to gain our freedom, or is freedom just one way of being out of control? . . . I watch myself with my body, I think with my skin, I believe in the absoluteness...
Chinese Poetry from Center to Periphery: A Conversation with Michelle Yeh
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Jonathan Stalling: Tell me about your educational background before you completed your PhD at the University of Southern California. I am curious about how you became interested in poetry and why. Since...
Editor's Note
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)On the brink of a new decade, Chinese novelists and poets are mindful that their country faces unprecedented social and cultural changes. Fueled by China's roaring economic development is an ever-widening...
Elegy and Academe
Yan Lianke. Elegy and Academe. Fiction. Nanjing. Jiangsu People's Press. 2008. ix + 330 pages. 29 RMB. isbn 9787214055569For quite a long time, Yan Lianke wrote about rural life modeled on his hometown but set in a fictional mountainous area called Palou....
Fighting in the West
Zong Pu. Fighting in the West. Wild Gourds as Inspirations. Fiction. Beijing. People's Literature Publishing House. 2009. 329 pages. 19 RMB. isbn 9787020069392As a female scholar and author, Zong Pu is renowned for her intellectual refinement. Her embrace...
Five Poems
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The MadwomanShe wears a dark, soiled, threadbare cotton coatLike a criminal being chased on the street,Pebbles and broken shoes hurled at her back.She turns, smilingWith blackened teeth.When she approaches...
Five Poems
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)AprilDaybreak was rubbed into a drop of rusted tearsShe bent down as if to hear a slight soundApril walks outside the window, lychee trees are bloomingLilac is less than love, under the shade of ironA...
Foreign Literature
Foreign Literature. Echoes of a Century: Series Three. 10 volumes. Li Ziyun, Zhao Changtian, and Chen Sihe, eds. Nonfiction. Nanchang. Jiangxi Academic Publishing House. 2009. 290 RMB. ISBN 9787811325874Zhao Jiabi, the editor of the first series of China's...
Game-Changers: A Prolegomenon to a Theory of Modern Chinese Poetry
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Modern poetry in Chinese1 is not only an impressive body of original poems but also a vanguard in twentiethcentury Chinese literature and culture. The Literary Revolution of 1917, in which modern poetry...
Garbage or Gold: Two Extreme Assessments of Contemporary Chinese Literature
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I n the short span of two years we have seen the appearance of two opposing assessments of contemporary Chinese literature. One view posed by Wolfgang Kubin, Head of Chinese Studies at Bonn University,...
His Kingdom
Han Han. His Kingdom. Fiction. Shenyang. Wanjuan Publishing House. 2009. 213 pages. 25 RMB. ISBN 7807592095The title of Han Han's His Kingdom was inspired by an article about Che Guevara. Han Han has denied that this novel has anything to do with Che...
Nine Poems
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Believe in the FutureAs spider webs mercilessly seal off my stove topAs smoldering cinders sigh over the sorrows of povertyI'm still stubbornly spreading out the hopeless cindersAnd writing with finely...
On Brothers and Chaotic Aesthetics: An Interview with Yu Hua
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)On the Chaos in BrothersZhang Qinghua: Before publishing your latest work, Xiongdi ... (Brothers), you had received high praise from throughout China. However, Brothers has received strong criticism from...
Poetry and the Real World: Class and Contemporary Chinese Poetry
When touring China's urban landscapes, it is difficult not to notice the exponential growth of new high-rise office buildings, condominiums, and factories; only slightly less conspicuous are the armies of migrant construction workers and factory laborers...
Qin Opera
Jia Pingwa. Qin Opera. Fiction. Beijing. The Writers' Publishing House. 2005. ix + 566 pages. 38 RMB. ISBN 9787506332170Qin Opera is filled with the insane ramblings of the narrator and hero Yinsheng, who castrates himself at the start of the story....
Red Flag Photo Agency: Debates on Chinese Photography from 1956 to 1959
Jin Yongquan. Red Flag Photo Agency: Debates on Chinese Photography from 1956 to 1959. Nonfiction. Beijing. Jincheng Publishing House. 2009. 305 pages. 46 RMB. ISBN 7802511461/9787802511460The author of Red Flag Photo Agency, Jin Yongquan, is an expert...
Ridiculing the Golden Age: Subversive Undertones in Yan Lianke's Happy
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The wife of a military officer has an affair with his orderly during the Cultural Revolution, and nothing arouses them sexually like smashing busts of Mao and tearing and urinating on his Little Red Book.Government...
Swaying Grass: A Humanist View of Japan
Dong Bingyue. Swaying Grass: A Humanist View of Japan. Nonfiction. Beijing. SDX Joint Publishing Company. 2009. 2 + 4 + 219 pages. 28 RMB. ISBN 9787108031808The twenty-one selections that make up this book, all related to Japan, were written over a decade....
Taking Sides with Poetry: An Homage to Michelle Yeh
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Poetry is remarkable in that many people know what it is without being able to define it, or even to find common ground for the very terms in which it should, or could, be defined. Questionable yet widely...
The Age of Enlightenment
Wang Anyi. The Age of Enlightenment. Fiction. Beijing. The People's Literature Publishing House. 2007. ix + 312 pages. 20 RMB. ISBN 702006035Not unlike Wang Anyi's A Middle School Student in 1969, The Song of Everlasting Sorrow, and Blooming Peach Blossoms,...
The Chinese Perspective and the Assessment of Contemporary Chinese Literature
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)A Chinese perspective, a Chinese horizon- these are still required to assess the value of contemporary Chinese literature. If we form our assessments without a Chinese perspective, only applying Western...
The Codes of Novels: A Literature Lesson from an Author
Ma Yuan. The Codes of Novels: A Literature Lesson from an Author. Nonfiction. Beijing. The Writers' Publishing House. 2009. 426 pages. 36 RMB. ISBN 9787506347891Ma Yuan, a representative of the avant-garde movement in modern Chinese culture, created...
The Language of Poetry, the Language of the World: World Poetry and World Language
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Il faut être absolument moderne!-RimbaudThough poetry is often said to be dead, poetry festivals are still quite common in Germany and are well attended by the international public. Even small cities...
The Return of the Pioneer: On Shi Zhi and His Poetry
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Literary figures often slip beneath the inexorable tidal pull of history, but sometimes a figure is not swept away; rather, he remains stubbornly rooted in the sand, and when the water recedes, emerges...
Three Poems
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)I Have No HometownI have no hometownMy hometownDisappeared along migration's road long ago.I have no safe harborMy safe harborIs within the autumn wings of migratory birds on the wind.From south to northFrom...
To My American Readers
I t is morning. Sitting in a small wood near my residence in a Beijing suburb, I spread out a sheet of paper on the cardboard resting on my knees and start to write these notes.It is early autumn now. Warm sunshine falls through leaves and branches and...
Yan Lianke: A Writer's Moral Duty
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Exuberant, compassionate, and innovative, Yan Lianke .... is among the most prolific, successful, and controversial writers of China today. Since 1979 he has published fourteen volumes of collected stories...
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