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
  • 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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