The Literature of China in the Twentieth Century

The Literature of China in the Twentieth Century

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In this ground-breaking book, Bonnie S. McDougall and Kam Louie present the first comprehensive, integrated survey of twentieth-century Chinese literature. The Literature of China in the Twentieth Century traces the development of Chinese literature from the Boxer Rebellion, when the strains of Western influence first emerged, to the Tiananmen Massacre, when dissident poets, such as Bei Dao, earned international acclaim and indefinite exile from the mainland. Each of the book's three chronological sections contains individual chapters examining the poetry, drama, and fiction of the period and includes an introduction outlining the historical and social context of the individual writers and their works. By analyzing this captivating literary tradition in terms of subject, theme, language, structure, style, intended audience, and cultural impact, the authors present a vivid picture of this important literature and a unique window on twentieth-century Chinese society.
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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 143.76 x 222.5 x 40.89mm | 793.79g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0231110847
  • 9780231110846

Table of contents

I: 1900-1937 1. Introduction 2. Towards a New Culture 3. Poetry: The Transformation of the Past 4. Fiction: The Narrative Subject 5. Drama: Writing Performance II: 1938-1965 6. Return to Tradition 7. Fiction: Searching for Typicality 8. Poetry: The Challenge of Popularisation 9. Drama: Performing for Politics III: 1966-1989 10. The Reassertion of Modernity 11. Drama: Revolution and Reform 12. Fiction: Exploring Alternatives 13. Poetry: The Challenge of Modernity 14. Conclusion
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The pragmatic virtues of this important book make it an indispensable work for newcomers to the field, as well as professionals engaged in the research and teaching of modern and contemporary Chinese literature. The wealth of detail it contains and the accessibility of its organization make it a highly efficient reference. -- Simon Patton, Chinese University of Hong Kong Journal of Asian Studies The most comprehensive scholarly overview of twentieth-century Chinese poetry, fiction, and drama ever published in English... Outstanding. Choice
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About Bonnie S. McDougall

Bonnie S. McDougall is professor of Chinese at Edinburgh University and translator of many works of poetry and fiction. She is the author of a number of books, including The Yellow Earth: A Film by Chen Kaige with a Complete Transcript of the Film.Kam Louie is professor of Chinese at the University of Queensland and author of a number of books on Chinese literature and culture. He is coauthor of The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture and editor of Asian Studies Review.
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