Magazine article Chinese Literature Today

Global Conference on Sinology, 2009

Magazine article Chinese Literature Today

Global Conference on Sinology, 2009

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The Second World Conference on Sinology, sponsored by Renmin University and the Han Ban, ended with an unexpected surprise: While we knew the closing banquet would be held in an area of the Forbidden City (Gu Gong) not generally open to the public, what we did not know was that the ceremony would coincide with an unusually early snowstorm. That night, a full moon illuminated three inches of fresh snow covering the tiled roofs and weeping willows. The convergence of these particulars made for a singularly beautiful scene. The conference, which focused in part on the relationship between sinology and Chinese literature, was a heated one. Wolfgang Kubin, a well-known German sinologist, recommenced his impassioned argument for modern Chinese authors to follow in the footsteps of such modernist giants as Lu Xun and Hu Shi by engaging world literature more directly, while others reasoned that such arguments would have to be equally applied to the world more generally (including the U. …

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