American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounter by Z. YuejunAmerican Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounter by Z. Yuejun

American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounter

byZ. YuejunEditorS. Christie

Hardcover | October 31, 2012

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American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounteroffers a framework for understanding the variety of imagined encounters by eight different American poets with their imagined 'Chinese' subject. The method is historical and materialist, insofar as the contributors to the volume read the claims of specific poems alongside the actual and tumultuous changes China faced between 1911 and 1979. Even where specific poems are found to be erroneous, the contributors to the volume suggest that each of the poets attempted to engage their 'Chinese' subject with a degree of commitment that presaged imaginatively China's subsequent dominance. The poems stand as unique artifacts, via proxy and in the English language, for the rise of China in the American imagination. The audience of the volume is international, including the growing number of scholars and graduate students in Chinese universities working on American literature and comparative cultural studies, as well as already established commentators and students in the west.
Stuart Christie; Hong Kong Baptist University Chung Ling; Hong Kong Baptist University Li Jing; Hong Kong Baptist University Lim Lee Ching; SIM University, Singapore Luo Lianggong; Central China Normal University James I. McDougall; American University of Kuwait Christopher A. Shinn; Howard University Su Hui; Central China Normal Unive...
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Title:American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese EncounterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:197 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.5 inPublished:October 31, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230391710

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgements Introduction; Z.Yuejun & S.Christie Entry 'Between Walls': So Much Depends on Chinese Immigrant Poetry; C.A.Shinn H.T. Tsiang's Poems of the Chinese Revolution and Transpacific Bridges to a Radical Past; J.I.McDougall Influence Usurious Translation: From Chinese Character to Western Ideology in Pound's Confucian 'Terminologies'; S.Christie Wandering Lost Upon the Mountains of Our Choice: W.H. Auden's 'In Time of War'; L.L.Ching China and the Political Imagination in Langston Hughes's Poetry; L.Lianggong Exit Allen Ginsberg's 'China'; S.Hui Caorlyn Kizer and Chinese Gui-yuan Poetry; L.Jing Jane Hirshfield's Poetic Voice and Zen Meditation; C.Ling

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American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounteroffers a framework for understanding the variety of imagined encounters by eight different American poets with their imagined 'Chinese' subject. The method is historical and materialist, insofar as the contributors to the volume read the claims of specific poems alongside the actual and tumultuous changes China faced between 1911 and 1979. Even where specific poems are found to be erroneous, the contributors to the volume suggest that each of the poets attempted to engage their 'Chinese' subject with a degree of commitment that presaged imaginatively China's subsequent dominance. The poems stand as unique artifacts, via proxy and in the English language, for the rise of China in the American imagination. The audience of the volume is international, including the growing number of scholars and graduate students in Chinese universities working on American literature and comparative cultural studies, as well as already established commentators and students in the west.'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