Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature, 1893-1945

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Kirk A. Denton
Stanford University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 554 pages
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"This volume presents a broad range of writings on literature from the period of the inception of literary modernity in China. Of the 55 essays included, 47 are translated here for the first time, including two essays by Lu Xun." "In addition to the selections themselves, the author has provided, in an extensive General Introduction and shorter introductions to the five parts of the book, historical background, a synthesis of current scholarship on modern views of Chinese literature, and an original thesis on the complex formation of Chinese literary modernity. In the author's view, literary discourses were actively reshaped by Chinese writers and critics as responses to deep-set cultural problematics and the socio-historical imperative of the times."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

General Introduction
1
THE LATE QING PERIOD 18931911
8
Introduction
65
Foreword to the Publication of Political Novels in Translation
71
Preface to Oliver Twist
82
Miscellaneous Notes on Literature excerpts
87
On the Power of Mara Poetry
96
Introduction
113
On Reading M Huanzhi
289
Literature and Revolution
307
Dai Wangshus Poetic Theory
316
The Divergence of Art and Politics
328
Thoughts on Realism
335
A Correction
345
Introduction
359
Regarding the Literary News and Hu Qiuyuans Literary
367

Some Modest Proposals for the Reform of Literature
123
On Literary Revolution
140
Nightmare
146
On the Literary Arts excerpts
162
Art and Life
169
Replacing Religion with Aesthetic Education
182
Literature and Life
190
On Photography
196
Preface to The Sorrows of Young Werther
204
Fusing with Nature
213
Women and Literature
228
My Opinions on Creativity
235
Remarks on the Publication of Saturday
243
Introduction
257
Class Struggle in Literature
263
From a Literary Revolution to a Revolutionary Literature
269
The Bygone Age of Ah Q
276
Freedom for Literature but Not the Writer
376
On the Third Category
383
Preface to Public Cemetery
387
Introduction
403
On National Defense Literature
409
What Do the Broad Masses Demand of Literature?
415
Excerpts from Mao Zedong
428
My Writing
436
On Writers
443
Universal or Restricted?
450
Talks at the Yanan Forum on Literature and Art
458
Realism Today
485
Glossary
493
Bibliography
521
Translators
537
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Kirk A. Denton is Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Ohio State University. He is the editor of Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature, 1893-1945 (Stanford, 1996).

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