Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers

Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers : Biography, Bibliography, and Critical Assessment

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In the years since the death of Mao Zedong, interest in Chinese writers and Chinese literature has risen significantly in the West. In 2000, Gao Xingjian became the first Chinese writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature followed by Mo Yan in 2012, and writers such as Ha Jin and Da Sijie have also become well known in the West. Despite this progress, the vast majority of Chinese writers remain largely unknown outside of China.


This book introduces the lives and works of eighty contemporary Chinese writers, and focuses on writers from the "Rightist" generation (Bai Hua, Gao Xiaosheng, Liu Shaotang), writers of the Red Guard generation (Li Rui, Wang Anyi), Post-Cultural Revolution Writers, as well as others. Unlike earlier works, it provides detailed, often first-hand, biographical information on this wide range of writers, including their career trajectories, major themes and artistic characteristics. In addition to this, each entry includes a critical presentation and evaluation of the writer's major works, a selected bibliography of publications that includes works in Chinese, works translated into English, and critical articles and books available in English.


Offering a valuable contribution to the field of contemporary Chinese literature by making detailed information about Chinese writers more accessible, this book will be of interest to students and scholars Chinese Literature, Contemporary Literature and Chinese Studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 394 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 27.94mm | 862g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765617609
  • 9780765617606
  • 2,346,154

Table of contents

Ah Cheng (m): King of Chess




Ah Lai (m): Half Hui and half Tibetan







Bai Hua (m): Braving through political campaigns







Bei Cun (m): A Christian writer







Bi Feiyu (m): Portraying women and the blind people







Can Xue (f): Probing the subconscious and the grotesque







Chen Cun (m): Subverting the grand narrative







Chen Ran (f): A sensitive feminist







Chen Jiangong (M): From the coalmine to the Beijing alleys







Chen Zhongshi (m): Constructing the White Deer Plain







Cheng Naishan (f): Nostalgia for old Shanghai







Chi Li (f): Capturing the rhythm of the city







Chi Zijian (f): Writer from North Pole Village







Cong Weixi (m): Gulag Survivor







Dai Houying (f): From fervent Red Guard to critic of Mao







Deng Youmei (m): Re-imaging old Beijing







Fang Fang (f): Constructing the "landscape" of Wuhan







Feng Jicai (m): Rescuing human nature and folk culture







Gao Xiaosheng (m): Writing satire and fantasy







Gao Xingjian (m): Nobel Prize winner, novelist and playwright







Ge Fei (m): A literati with avant-garde characteristics







Han Shaogong (m): Rustication and root-searching







He Liwei (m): Innovator of narrative language







Jia Pingwa (m): A peasant literati in Xi'an







Jiang Rong (m): Playing with wolves







Jiang Zilong (m): Forerunner of Reform Literature







Kong Jiesheng (m): From Canton to Washington D.C.







Lao Gui (m): A rebel







Li Hangyu (m): Searching roots in folk culture







Li Rui (m): Digging the deep earth







Liang Xiaosheng (m): An angry youth from Harbin







Lin Bai (f): A feminist wanderer from Guangxi







Lin Jinlan (m): A wise man knowing the art of emptiness







Liu Heng (m): From fiction to film to drama







Liu Cixin (m): A star in Chinese Science Fiction







Liu Qingbang (m): King of Short Fiction







Liu Shaotang (m): Preserving tales along the Grand Canal







Liu Xinwu (m): Pioneer of Scar Literature







Liu Xinglong (m): A humanist from small town







Liu Zhengyun (m): Piercing through officialdom and history







Lu Tianming (m): Fearless writer of Anti-corruption Fiction







Lu Wenfu (m): Connoisseur of Suzhou







Lu Xing'er (f): Promoting women's self-empowerment







Lu Xinhua (m): Father of Scar Literature







Lu Yao (m): Caught between rural and urban







Ma Yuan (m): Creator of labyrinths







Mai Jia (m): Pioneer of Spy Fiction







Mo Yan (m): Nobel Prize winner from the land of Red Sorghum







Qiu Huadong (m): A city "intruder"







Shen Rong (f): From propagandist to satire







Shi Tiesheng (m): Not confined to a wheelchair







Su Tong (m): An energetic story teller from Suzhou







Taxi Tawa (m): Writing Tibet and its soul







Tie Ning (f): A versatile writer of the rural and the urban







Wang Anyi (f): Flexible and prolific writer from Shanghai







Wang Meng (m): Forever a young man







Wang Shuo (m): Not only a "hooligan writer"







Wang Zengqi (m): Merging with nature and the void







Xu Kun (f): Between Beijing and Shenyang







Xu Xiaobin (f): Not just a feminist writer







Yan Lianke (m): An exuberant peasant-soldier writer







Yang Xianhui (m): Chronicling the Gulag and the famine







Ye Guangqin (f): A Manchu Princess







Ye Xin (m): Writing rustication and Shanghai







Yu Hua (m): Obsessed with paranoia, violence, and suffering







Zhang Chengzhi (m): Red Guard and Muslim







Zhang Jie (f): An angry feminist







Zhang Kangkang (f): A trend setter and more







Zhang Ping (m): A fierce critic of corruption







Zhang Wei (m): A literati from Shandong







Zhang Xian (m): Sympathizer of women's plight







Zhang Xianliang (m): Prominent writer of the Chinese Gulag







Zhang Xin (f): Portraying women entrepreneurs in Canton







Zhang Xinxin (f): Restless woman on the road







Zheng Wanlong (m): Seeking roots in gold mines and minorities







Zheng Yi (m): A flexible rebel and thinker







Zhou Daxin (m): Escaping from the plateau







Zhu Lin (f): Giving voice to women and the juvenile







Zhu Xiaoping (m): An outsider in Mulberry Tree Village





80. Zong Pu (f): A woman literati and modernist
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About Laifong Leung

Laifong Leung taught Chinese literature, language, and calligraphy at the University of Alberta, Canada.
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