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A Companion to Modern Chinese Literature



A Companion to Modern Chinese Literature

Yingjin Zhang (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-45160-1 August 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 592 Pages

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This wide-ranging Companion provides a vital overview of modern Chinese literature in different geopolitical areas, from the 1840s to now. It reviews major accomplishments of Chinese literary scholarship published in Chinese and English and brings attention to previously neglected, important areas.

  • Offers the most thorough and concise coverage of modern Chinese literature to date, drawing attention to previously neglected areas such as late Qing, Sinophone, and ethnic minority literature
  • Several chapters explore literature in relation to Sinophone geopolitics, regional culture, urban culture, visual culture, print media, and new media
  • The introduction and two chapters furnish overviews of the institutional development of modern Chinese literature in Chinese and English scholarship since the mid-twentieth century
  • Contributions from leading literary scholars in mainland China and Hong Kong add their voices to international scholarship
Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xv

1 General Introduction 1
Yingjin Zhang

Part I History and Geography 39

2 Literary Modernity in Perspective 41
Zhang Longxi

3 Late Qing Literature, 1890s–1910s 54
Hu Ying

4 War, Revolution, and Urban Transformations: Chinese Literature of the Republican Era, 1920s–1940s 67
Nicole Huang

5 Socialist Literature Driven by Radical Modernity, 1950–1980 81
Chen Xiaoming (translated by Qin Liyan)

6 Thirty Years of New Era Literature: From Elitization to De-Elitization 98
Tao Dongfeng (translated by Angie Chau)

7 Building a Modern Institution of Literature: The Case of Taiwan 116
Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang

8 Sinophone Literature 134
Ping-hui Liao

Part II Genres and Types 149

9 Modern Poetry in Chinese: Challenges and Contingencies 151
Michelle Yeh

10 Modern Chinese Theater Study and its Century-Long History 167
Xiaomei Chen

11 Literariness (Wen) and Character (Zhi): From Baihua to Yuluti and Dazhongyu 181
Qian Suoqiao

12 Fiction in Modern China: Modernity through Storytelling 195
Yiyan Wang

13 Modern China's Translated Literature 214
Zha Mingjian

14 Writing Chinese Feminism(s) 228
Amy Dooling

15 The World of Twentieth-Century Chinese Popular Fiction: From Shanghai Express to Rivers and Lakes of Knights-Errant 244
Yi Zheng

16 Ethnic Minority Literature 261
Mark Bender

Part III Cultures and Media 277

17 Use in Uselessness: How Western Aesthetics Made Chinese Literature More Political 279
Ban Wang

18 The Linguistic Turns and Literary Fields in Twentieth-Century China 295
Jianhua Chen

19 The Significance of the Northeastern Writers in Exile, 1931–1945 312
Haili Kong

20 Writing Cities 326
Weijie Song

21 Divided Unities of Modern Chinese Literature and Visual Culture: The Modern Girl, Woodcuts, and Contemporary Painter–Poets 343
Paul Manfredi

22 All the Literature That's Fit to Print: A Print Culture Perspective on Modern Chinese Literature 360
Nicolai Volland

23 The Proliferating Genre: Web-Based Time-Travel Fiction and the New Media in Contemporary China 379
Jin Feng

Part IV Issues and Debates 395

24 The Persistence of Form: Nation, Literary Movement, and the Fiction of Ng Kim Chew 397
Carlos Rojas

25 The Modern Girl in Modern Chinese Literature 411
Tze]lan D. Sang

26 Body as Phenomenon: A Brief Survey of Secondary Literature of the Body in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 424
Ari Larissa Heinrich

27 The Post-Maoist Politics of Memory 434
Yomi Braester

28 Writing Historical Traumas in the Everyday 452
Lingchei Letty Chen

29 A Brief Overview of Chinese-Language Scholarship on Modern Chinese Literature 465
Chen Sihe (translated by Alvin Ka Hin Wong)

30 Toward a Typology of Literary Modernity in China: A Survey of English Scholarship on Modern Chinese Literature 483
Yingjin Zhang

Bibliography 501

Glossary 503

Index 548