Out of the Crucible : Literary Works about the Rusticated Youth
Out of the Crucible offers an illuminating study of the novels and short stories relating to the lives of Chinese urban youth who were dispatched to rural areas to live the peasants' life during the second phase of the Cultural Revolution. This comprehensive achievement covers the works, authors, themes, characters, and plots of zhiqing literary writing from the late nineteen-seventies to the late nineteen-nineties. The book demonstrates the historical, political, social and humanistic significance of the urban youths' rural experience.
- Hardback | 252 pages
- 228.6 x 373.4 x 25.4mm | 317.52g
- 01 Jun 2003
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Tragic Heroism and Idealism Chapter 2 Suffering and Internal Transformation Chapter 3 The Zhiqing's Relationships with Peasants Chapter 4 The Loss of Inocence Chapter 5 The Three Types of Zhiqing Chapter 6 The Description of Love Chapter 7 The Theme of Sex Chapter 8 The Human / Environment Interface Chapter 9 The Escape and Nostalgia
A fascinating and valuable account of the rich literature emerging from one of China's most poignant, controversial, and understudied political campaigns. When millions of China's best and brightest young people were induced to 'volunteer' to relocate to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, they did their best to make sense of their unusual circumstances. Professor Cao's systematic and well-researched discussion of their writings makes the genre of 'educated youth literature' accessible to a Western audience for the first time. -- Judith Shapiro, American University; author of Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China As an English-language catalogue of zhiqing fiction and criticism of both the fiction and the rustication experience, Zuoya Cao's Out of the Crucible stands unsurpassed. -- Bert Scruggs, University of California, Davis Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews Rather than offer a theoretical interpretation of the comprehensive reading she brings to ther study, Cao provides the reader with an extensive collection of plot-summaries and category or character specific observations... For its attentive reconsideration of many points deemed settled by earlier historians and its informative reconstruction of the conditions under which late imperial books were published, this is a work no scholar of Chinese literature can afford to ignore. -- Haun Saussy, Yale University Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews Out of the Crucible is an extremely thorough study of the writing of the Chinese 'urban youth' generation about their experiences in the Chinese countryside during the rustication campaign that lasted from late 1968 to early 1979. A scholar who isalso a veteran of rustication and a practitioner of 'urban youth' fiction, Dr. Cao has balanced empathy for her subjects with critical rigor, and has produced the most comprehensive account so far available in English of an important body of Chinese literature... -- Richard King, University of Victoria, Canada Out of the Crucible is an extremely thorough study of the writing of the Chinese 'urban youth' generation about their experiences in the Chinese countryside during the rustication campaign that lasted from late 1968 to early 1979. A scholar who is also a veteran of rustication and a practitioner of 'urban youth' fiction, Dr. Cao has balanced empathy for her subjects with critical rigor, and has produced the most comprehensive account so far available in English of an important body of Chinese literature. -- Richard King, University of Victoria, Canada
About Zuoya Cao
Zuoya Cao is Assistant Professor at Whittier College. She is the author ofThe Internal and the External: A Comparison of the Artistic Use of Natural Imagery in English Romantic and Chinese Classic Poetry.