China's Literary Cosmopolitans : Qian Zhongshu, Yang Jiang, and the World of Letters
In addition to re-evaluating this married couple's intertwined literary careers, the book also explains why they have come to represent such influential models of Chinese literary cosmopolitanism. Uncommonly well-versed in Western languages and literatures, Qian and Yang chose to live in China and write in Chinese. China's Literary Cosmopolitans argues for their artistic importance while analyzing their works against
the modern cultural imperative that Chinese literature be worldly.
Christopher Rea (Ph.D., Columbia) is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (California, 2015), co-editor of The Business of Culture: Cultural Entrepreneurs in China and Southeast Asia, 1900-65 (ubc Press, 2015), and editor of Humans, Beasts, and Ghosts: Stories and Essays by Qian Zhongshu(Columbia, 2011).
- Hardback | 264 pages
- 155 x 235 x 20.32mm | 554g
- 24 Jul 2015
- Leiden, Netherlands
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Table of contents
1.Yang Jiang's Wartime Comedies; Or, the Serious Business of Marriage, Amy D. Dooling
2. "Passing Handan without Dreaming": Passion and Restraint in the Poetry and Poetics of Qian Zhongshu, Wang Yugen
3.Self-Deception and Self-Knowledge in Yang Jiang's Fiction, Judith M. Amory
4.How to do Things with Words: Yang Jiang and the Politics of Translation, Carlos Rojas
5. Guanzhui bian, Western Citations, and the Cultural Revolution, Ronald Egan
6.The Pleasures of Lying Low: Yang Jiang and Chinese Revolutionary Culture, Wendy Larson
7.The Institutional Mindset: Qian Zhongshu and Yang Jiang on Marriage and the Academy, Christopher Rea
8."All Alone, I Think Back on We Three": Yang Jiang's New Intimate Public, Jesse Field
9.The Cosmopolitan Imperative: Qian Zhongshu and "World Literature," Theodore Huters
All Will Come Out in the Washing, Christopher Rea
Appendix: Works in English by Qian Zhongshu and Yang Jiang
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Yu Chengfa, South-Central University for Nationalities, Contemporary Writers Review (March, 2016)
"[This volume] brings the English-language scholarship on both authors up to date. At the same time it is a useful tool and stepping stone to more studies about the fascinating works of Yang Jiang and Qian Zhongshu."
Monika Motsch, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, Monumenta Serica: Journal of Oriental Studies, 64.2, December 2016
"China's Literary Cosmopolitans offers both a valuable introduction to two outstanding cultural figures, and innovative scholarship on aspects of their work which have previously received less scholarly attention."
Richard King, University of Victoria, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 1 (March 2017)
"These essays illumine their very influential contributions to the development of Chinese literary and cultural forms and their lifelong negotiations with their changing audiences about the positions they could occupy and the work they could do...Rea and his colleagues have woven together many threads of a narrative about the course this pre-eminent Chinese literary couple charted over nearly eight decades of risks and challenges."
Ellen Soulliere, Massey University, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies (June 2017)
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