The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature

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The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature features more than fifty short essays on specific writers and literary trends from the Qing period (1895-1911) to the present. The volume opens with thematic essays on the politics and ethics of writing literary history, the formation of the canon, the relationship between language and form, the role of literary institutions and communities, the effects of censorship, the representation of the Chinese diaspora, the rise and meaning of Sinophone literature, and the role of different media in the development of literature. Subsequent essays focus on authors, their works, and the schools with which they were aligned, featuring key names, titles, and terms in English and in Chinese characters. Woven throughout are pieces on late Qing fiction, popular entertainment fiction, martial arts fiction, experimental theater, post-Mao avant-garde poetry, post-martial law fiction from Taiwan, contemporary genre fiction from China, and recent Internet literature. The volume includes essays on such authors as Liang Qichao, Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Eileen Chang, Jin Yong, Mo Yan, Wang Anyi, Gao Xingjian, and Yan Lianke. Both a teaching tool and a go-to research companion, this volume is a one-of-a-kind resource for mastering modern literature in the Chinese-speaking world.

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The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature features more than fifty short essays on specific writers and literary trends from the Qing period (1895-1911) to the present. The volume opens with thematic essays on the politics and ethics of writing literary history, the formation of the canon, the relationship between language a...

Kirk A. Denton is professor of Chinese literature at the Ohio State University. His edited books include Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature, 1893-1945 (1996) and Literary Societies of Republican China (2008). He is author of The Problematic of Self in Modern Chinese Literature: Hu Feng and Lu Ling (1998) and Exhib...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231170092

ISBN - 13:9780231170093


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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsChronology of Major Historical EventsPart I. Thematic Essays1. Historical Overview, by Kirk A. Denton2. Modern Chinese Literature as an Institution: Canon and Literary History, by Yingjin Zhang3. Language and Literary Form, by Charles Laughlin4. Literary Communities and the Production of Literature, by Michel Hockx5. Between Tradition and Modernity: Contested Classical Poetry, by Shengqing Wu6. Diaspora in Modern Chinese Literature, by Shuyu Kong7. Sinophone Literature, by Brian Bernards8. Chinese Literature and Film Adaptation, by Hsiu-Chuang DeppmanPart II. Authors, Works, Schools9. The Late Qing Poetry Revolution: Liang Qichao, Huang Zunxian, and Chinese Literary Modernity", by Jianhua Chen10. The Uses of Fiction: Liang Qichao and His Contemporaries, by Alexander DesForges11. Late Qing Fiction, by Ying Hu12. Zhou Shoujuan's Love Stories and Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies Fiction, by Jianhua Chen13. Form and Reform: New Poetry and the Crescent Moon Society, by John Crespi14. Reconsidering the Origins of Modern Chinese Women's Writing, by Amy D. Dooling15. The Madman That Was Ah Q: Tradition and Modernity in Lu Xun's Fiction, by Ann Huss16. Romantic Sentiment and the Problem of the Subject: Yu Dafu, by Kirk A. Denton17. Feminism and Revolution: The Work and Life of Ding Ling, by Jingyuan Zhang18. The Debate on Revolutionary Literature, by Charles Laughlin19. Mao Dun, the Modern Novel, and the Representation of Women, by Hilary Chung20. Ba Jin's Family: Fiction, Representation, and Relevance, by Nicholas A. Kaldis21. Chinese Modernism: The New Sensationists, by Steven L. Riep22. Shen Congwen and Imagined Native Communities, by Jeffrey Kinkley23. Xiao Hong's Field of Life and Death, by Amy D. Dooling24. Performing the Nation: Chinese Drama and Theater, by Xiaomei Chen25. Cao Yu and Thunderstorm, by Jonathan Noble26. The Reluctant Nihilism of Lao She's Rickshaw, by Thomas Moran27. Eileen Chang and Narratives of Cities and Worlds, by Nicole Huang28. Literature and Politics: Mao Zedong's "Yan'an Talks" and Party Rectification, by Kirk A. Denton29. Qian Zhongshu and Yang Jiang: A Literary Marriage, by Christopher Rea30. Revolutionary Realism and Revolutionary Romanticism: Song of Youth, by Ban Wang31. The Hundred Flowers: Qin Zhaoyang, Wang Meng, and Liu Binyan, by Richard King32. Cold War Fiction from Taiwan and the Modernists, by Christopher Lupke33. Nativism and Localism in Taiwanese Literature, by Christopher Lupke34. The Cultural Revolution Model Theater, by Di Bai35. Martial-Arts Fiction and Jin Yong, by John Christopher Hamm36. Taiwanese Romance: Qiong Yao and San Mao, by Miriam Lang37. Misty Poetry, by Michelle Yeh38. Scar Literature and the Memory of Trauma, by Sabina Knight39. Culture Against Politics: Roots-Seeking Literature, by Mark Leenhouts40. Mo Yan, by Yomi Braester41. Avant-Garde Fiction in Post-Mao China, by Andrew F. Jones42. Contemporary Experimental Theaters in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, by Rossella Ferrari43. Modern Poetry of Taiwan, by Michelle Yeh44. Homoeroticism in Modern Chinese Literature, by Thomas Moran45. Contemporary Urban Fiction: Rewriting the City, by Robin Visser and Jie Lu46. Xi Xi and Tales of Hong Kong, by Daisy S.Y. Ng47. Writing Taiwan's Fin-de-Siècle Splendor: Zhu Tianwen and Zhu Tianxin, by Lingchei Letty Chen48. Wang Anyi, by Lingzhen Wang49. Wang Shuo, by Jonathan Noble50. Commercialization of Literature in the Post-Mao Era: Yu Hua, Beauty Writers, and Youth Writers, by Zhen Zhang51. Popular Genre Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Mingwei Song52. Word and Image: Gao Xingjian, by Mabel Lee53. Hong Kong Voices: Literature from the Late Twentieth Century to the New Millennium, by Esther M.K. Cheung54. Avant-Garde Poetry in China Since the 1980s, by Maghiel van Crevel55. Taiwan Literature in the Post-Martial Law Era, by Michael Berry56. Speaking from the Margins: Yan Lianke, by Carlos Rojas57. Internet Literature: From YY to MOOC, by Heather Inwood

Editorial Reviews

The Columbia Companion is a very stimulating guide to modern Chinese literature. More than that, it is a landmark work.... No other single volume has presented this range of literature and this level of critical introduction. Whether as teachers or as research scholars, we should not overlook this contribution to our field.