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, 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. In addition to providing biographical information, each entry includes a critical presentation and evaluation of the writer's major works, and 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 | 410 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 27.94mm | 861g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • 0765617609
  • 9780765617606
  • 1,799,397

About Laifong Leung

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