American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounter

Hardcover | November 13, 2012

EditorZhang Yuejun, Stuart Christie

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American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounter offers a framework for understanding the variety of encounters by eight different American poets with their imagined 'Chinese' subject. While the tradition of Asian-American literature and criticism is well-established, there has been less exposure to how China-based critics have viewed the increasing popularity of canonical and emerging American poetry. Contributors to the volume read the claims of specific poems alongside the actual and tumultuous changes China faced between 1911 and 1979 and suggest that each of the poets attempted to engage their subject with a degree of commitment that presaged China's subsequent dominance

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American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounter offers a framework for understanding the variety of encounters by eight different American poets with their imagined 'Chinese' subject. While the tradition of Asian-American literature and criticism is well-established, there has been less exposure to how China-based critics have view...

Zhang Yuejun is a professor of English at Central South University. His research experience includes a Fulbright research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania (2011-2012) and an appointment at the University of California at Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar (2002-2003). He is the author of In the American Grain: The Pragmatist P...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230391710

ISBN - 13:9780230391710

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Introduction.Zhang Yuejun and Stuart Christie EntryChapter One. 'Between Walls': So Much Depends on Chinese Immigrant Poetry by Christopher A. ShinnChapter Two. H. T. Tsiang's Poems of the Chinese Revolution and Transpacific Bridges to a Radical Pastby James I. McDougallInfluenceChapter ThreeUsurious Translation: From Chinese Character to Western Ideology in Pound's Confucian 'Terminologies'by Stuart ChristieChapter Four. Wandering Lost Upon the Mountains of Our Choice: W. H. Auden's 'In Time of War' by Lim Lee ChingChapter Five.China and the Political Imagination in Langston Hughes's Poetry by Luo LianggongExitChapter Six.Allen Ginsberg's 'China' by Su Hui Chapter Seven.Caorlyn Kizer and Chinese Gui-yuan Poetry by Li JingChapter Eight.Jane Hirshfield's Poetic Voice and Zen Meditation by Chung LingContributor Biographies

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'China talks back!: American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounter takes on American/Eurocentric transnationalism and explores the ways China has been ventriloquized, not to say Orientalized . . . by such key American poets as Williams, Pound, Auden, Hughes, Ginsberg, and alternative poetics in the Angel Island poems. This anthology marks a turning point for Chinese/American comparative poetics.' - Charles Bernstein, Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania'Finally we have a statement by Chinese-based scholars about their culture's relationship to twentieth-century American poetry. The book is intricately structured to cover three periods of interaction - the high-modern construction of 'Chineseness,' the West's interest in China's revolutionary ferment, and the period where Chinese hegemony enjoins dialogue and mutual learning. Most striking is these scholars' commitment to a historicism capable of resisting Western categories and yet reconfiguring our mutual imaginings of the future we are creating together.' - Charles Altieri, Rachael Anderson Stageberg Professor of English, University of California