Mapping Modern Beijing: Space, Emotion, Literary Topography by Weijie SongMapping Modern Beijing: Space, Emotion, Literary Topography by Weijie Song

Mapping Modern Beijing: Space, Emotion, Literary Topography

byWeijie Song

Hardcover | November 15, 2017

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"There is a Beijing in my heart, but I can't articulate it," wrote Lao She, the great Chinese writer, in 1936. Mapping Modern Beijing explores the various ways authors sought to understand and articulate this ancient capital, modern city, and socialist metropolis. Song investigates five modesof representing Beijing: as a warped hometown, a city of snapshots and manners, an aesthetic city, an imperial capital in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, and a displaced city on the Sinophone and diasporic postmemory. Drawing from literary canons to exotic narratives, from modernistpoetry to chivalric fantasy, from popular culture to urban planning, this book explores the complex nexus of urban spaces, archives of emotions, and literary topography of Beijing in its long journey from imperial capital to Republican city and to socialist metropolis. While most English-languageliterary studies of China focus on its rural locales, Song's study presents a welcome departure, expanding our understandings of Chinese literature into the urban and the modern.

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Weijie Song is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University.

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Title:Mapping Modern Beijing: Space, Emotion, Literary TopographyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190200677

ISBN - 13:9780190200671

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