The Western Reinvention of Chinese Literature, 1910-2010 : From Ezra Pound to Maxine Hong Kingston

Zong-qi CAI (Editor), Stephen RODDY (Editor)

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Abstract

During much of China’s tumultuous 20th century, May 4th and Maoist iconoclasts regarded their classical literary heritage as a burden to be dislodged in the quest for modernization. This volume demonstrates how the traditions that had deeply impressed earlier generations of Western writers like Goethe and Voltaire did not lose their lustre; to the contrary, a fascination with these past riches sprouted with renewed vigour among Euro-American poets, novelists, and other cultural figures after the fall of imperial China in 1911. From Petrograd to Paris, and from São Paolo to San Francisco, China’s premodern poetry, theatre, essays, and fiction inspired numerous prominent writers and intellectuals. The contributors survey the fruits of this engagement in multiple Western languages and nations.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789004515031
ISBN (Print)9789004515048
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameChinese Texts in the World
PublisherBrill
Volume01
ISSN (Print)2666-2361

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