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The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature


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Preface and Acknowledgments Chronology of Major Historical Events Part I. Thematic Essays 1. Historical Overview, by Kirk A. Denton 2. Modern Chinese Literature as an Institution: Canon and Literary History, by Yingjin Zhang 3. Language and Literary Form, by Charles Laughlin 4. Literary Communities and the Production of Literature, by Michel Hockx 5. Between Tradition and Modernity: Contested Classical Poetry, by Shengqing Wu 6. Diaspora in Modern Chinese Literature, by Shuyu Kong 7. Sinophone Literature, by Brian Bernards 8. Chinese Literature and Film Adaptation, by Hsiu-Chuang Deppman Part II. Authors, Works, Schools 9. The Late Qing Poetry Revolution: Liang Qichao, Huang Zunxian, and Chinese Literary Modernity", by Jianhua Chen 10. The Uses of Fiction: Liang Qichao and His Contemporaries, by Alexander DesForges 11. Late Qing Fiction, by Ying Hu 12. Zhou Shoujuan's Love Stories and Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies Fiction, by Jianhua Chen 13. Form and Reform: New Poetry and the Crescent Moon Society, by John Crespi 14. Reconsidering the Origins of Modern Chinese Women's Writing, by Amy D. Dooling 15. The Madman That Was Ah Q: Tradition and Modernity in Lu Xun's Fiction, by Ann Huss 16. Romantic Sentiment and the Problem of the Subject: Yu Dafu, by Kirk A. Denton 17. Feminism and Revolution: The Work and Life of Ding Ling, by Jingyuan Zhang 18. The Debate on Revolutionary Literature, by Charles Laughlin 19. Mao Dun, the Modern Novel, and the Representation of Women, by Hilary Chung 20. Ba Jin's Family: Fiction, Representation, and Relevance, by Nicholas A. Kaldis 21. Chinese Modernism: The New Sensationists, by Steven L. Riep 22. Shen Congwen and Imagined Native Communities, by Jeffrey Kinkley 23. Xiao Hong's Field of Life and Death, by Amy D. Dooling 24. Performing the Nation: Chinese Drama and Theater, by Xiaomei Chen 25. Cao Yu and Thunderstorm, by Jonathan Noble 26. The Reluctant Nihilism of Lao She's Rickshaw, by Thomas Moran 27. Eileen Chang and Narratives of Cities and Worlds, by Nicole Huang 28. Literature and Politics: Mao Zedong's "Yan'an Talks" and Party Rectification, by Kirk A. Denton 29. Qian Zhongshu and Yang Jiang: A Literary Marriage, by Christopher Rea 30. Revolutionary Realism and Revolutionary Romanticism: Song of Youth, by Ban Wang 31. The Hundred Flowers: Qin Zhaoyang, Wang Meng, and Liu Binyan, by Richard King 32. Cold War Fiction from Taiwan and the Modernists, by Christopher Lupke 33. Nativism and Localism in Taiwanese Literature, by Christopher Lupke 34. The Cultural Revolution Model Theater, by Di Bai 35. Martial-Arts Fiction and Jin Yong, by John Christopher Hamm 36. Taiwanese Romance: Qiong Yao and San Mao, by Miriam Lang 37. Misty Poetry, by Michelle Yeh 38. Scar Literature and the Memory of Trauma, by Sabina Knight 39. Culture Against Politics: Roots-Seeking Literature, by Mark Leenhouts 40. Mo Yan, by Yomi Braester 41. Avant-Garde Fiction in Post-Mao China, by Andrew F. Jones 42. Contemporary Experimental Theaters in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, by Rossella Ferrari 43. Modern Poetry of Taiwan, by Michelle Yeh 44. Homoeroticism in Modern Chinese Literature, by Thomas Moran 45. Contemporary Urban Fiction: Rewriting the City, by Robin Visser and Jie Lu 46. Xi Xi and Tales of Hong Kong, by Daisy S.Y. Ng 47. Writing Taiwan's Fin-de-Siecle Splendor: Zhu Tianwen and Zhu Tianxin, by Lingchei Letty Chen 48. Wang Anyi, by Lingzhen Wang 49. Wang Shuo, by Jonathan Noble 50. Commercialization of Literature in the Post-Mao Era: Yu Hua, Beauty Writers, and Youth Writers, by Zhen Zhang 51. Popular Genre Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Mingwei Song 52. Word and Image: Gao Xingjian, by Mabel Lee 53. Hong Kong Voices: Literature from the Late Twentieth Century to the New Millennium, by Esther M.K. Cheung 54. Avant-Garde Poetry in China Since the 1980s, by Maghiel van Crevel 55. Taiwan Literature in the Post-Martial Law Era, by Michael Berry 56. Speaking from the Margins: Yan Lianke, by Carlos Rojas 57. Internet Literature: From YY to MOOC, by Heather Inwood

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More than fifty short essays centered on specific writers and literary trends create an engaging and easily digestible history of Chinese literature from the Qing period (1895-1911) to today. Each entry features author names and titles, as well as key terms and references. Both a teaching tool and a go-to research companion, this volume is a one-of-a-kind resource for mastering modern literature in the Chinese-speaking world.

About the Author

Kirk A. Denton is professor of Chinese literature at the Ohio State University. His edited books include Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature, 1893-1945 (1996) and Literary Societies of Republican China (2008). He is author of The Problematic of Self in Modern Chinese Literature: Hu Feng and Lu Ling (1998) and Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China (2014). Denton is also editor of the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and manager of the MCLC Resource Center (


The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature addresses a range of issues crucial to our understanding of modern Chinese literary culture, from the birth of new fiction to the advent of Internet writing and from the vitality of cultural production to the vigor of political intervention. In this volume, Chinese literature appears to be a most powerful institution that inscribes, and sometimes even prescribes, the history of modern China. -- David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature is a dynamite collection of short, smart essays written by many of the leading scholars in the field. It is not only a useful source but also a good read that brings alive the cultural complexity behind the many passionate debates surrounding modern literature in China. -- Wendy Larson, University of Oregon The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature is as close to an all-purpose work as we are likely to have. A broad-based introduction to the literary offerings and studies of modern Chinese literature for newcomers; a reference work for specialists; and a showcase for the best veteran and young scholars in the field. An indispensable tool. -- Howard Goldblatt, coeditor of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature The field of modern Chinese literature has grown immensely in recent decades. Only collaboration among many scholars can encompass it. The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature does this, but it is much more than a reference book. It is a kaleidoscope of deft and charming essays that provide insight as well as background for students at all levels. The book will be invaluable in teaching. -- Perry Link, University of California, Riverside The Columbia Companion is a very stimulating guide to modern Chinese literature. More than that, it is a landmark work... No other single volume has presented this range of literature and this level of critical introduction. Whether as teachers or as research scholars, we should not overlook this contribution to our field. -- Edward Mansfield Gunn Modern Chinese Literature and Culture

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