Ecopoetics in the Dagong Poetry in Postsocialist China: Nature, Politics, and Gender in Zheng Xiaoqiong’s Poems

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In his book, The Song of the Earth, Jonathan Bate regards Romanticism in the Western literary tradition as an “ecopoetics.” Citing Paul de Man’s well-known statement—“There is no doubt that the pastoral theme is, in fact, the only poetic theme, that it is poetry itself”—Bate continues to write,

Ecopoetics asks in what respects a poem may be a making (Greek poiesis) of dwelling-place—the prefix eco- is derived from Greek oikos, “the home or place of dwelling.” According to this definition, poetry will not necessarily be synonymous with verse: the poeming of the dwelling is not inherently dependent...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257–279
Number of pages23
JournalISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


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