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Modern Chinese Writers: Self-portrayals : Self-portrayals - Helmut Martin

Modern Chinese Writers: Self-portrayals

Self-portrayals

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Published: 15th April 1992
For Ages: 18 years old
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This volume gathers personal reflections on life and literature by 44 of China's leading authors. It aims to illustrate how Chinese society and its creative writing have supported, competed and fought with each other for the past 40 years and more. Much of what is revealed here is mundane, but the pressure of bringing art to social and political causes, indeed the universal pressure to survive, forges this collection into a very human document. The strengths and weaknesses of these essays offer a window on those of modern Chinese literature itself. Realism was the favoured literary doctrine of the day, and, reflecting this, most of these essays speak for themselves - about war, revolution, betrayal and commitment.

Preface
Overview: Chinese Writers on Writing
Retrospective Introduction: Enforced Silence or Emigre Uncertainties: Options for Chinese Writers after a Decade of Experiments and Growth
Contributors
Literature from the People's Republic
Historical Blunders
The Enigmatic Laughter of Insanity: A Modern Love Storyp. 5
A Written Testimonial: About the Cultural Revolutionp. 14
I Am Not Solzhenitsyn: From an Eyewitness of the Labor Campsp. 20
On Behalf of Humanism: The Confession of a Former Leftistp. 26
Further Victims of Politics in the Eighties
Against Those Who Wield the Scissors: A Plea for an End to Censorshipp. 34
China's Contemporary Literature: Reaching Out to the World and to the Futurep. 41
Reflections in the Hot Springs of Hakone: China, Our Impoverished, Trouble-Ridden Motherlandp. 47
Patterns of the New Literature
Banished to Xinjiang: Or, About Bestial Hatred of Literaturep. 53
Novels Strangled in the Cradle: My Senseless Literary Battlesp. 61
Spokesman for a Victimized Generation: Can There Be Progress after "Midlife"?p. 73
After Twenty Years of Silence We Lick Our Wounds: Our Battle for a Place in World Literaturep. 79
Accounts of Rural Realities
Thrusts of Violent Creativity: "I Returned with My Hands Empty and Shame on My Face"p. 84
The Slow Maturation of My Craft: Tea in Cold Water Steeps Slowlyp. 91
Life Is Changing, Even in Hilly Shangzhoup. 99
Rising in Protest: A New Generation
The First Half of My Life: A Boy from the City Struggling for Survival in Far-Away Yunnanp. 106
Against Complacency: Women Writers
The Boat I Steer: A Study in Perseverancep. 118
Needed: A Spirit of Courageous Self-Examinationp. 123
Documentary Literature
Is Reportage to Be Excluded from the Realm of Literature? The Function of Warning Bellsp. 128
A "Bengal Tigress" Interviews Herself: A Panorama of Our Times from Withinp. 136
The Search for "Roots"
After the "Literature of the Wounded": Local Cultures, Roots, Maturity, and Fatiguep. 147
Combining Past and Present
We Must Not Forget Our Historical Roots: Popular Literature, Peking Opera, and Modern Prosep. 156
An Abrupt End to PRC Literature of the Eighties
The "June 4 Syndrome": Spiritual and Ideological Schizophreniap. 164
Without a Regime Or a Regimen: Entertainment Fiction
Adventure Novels
Against the Authors of "Foreign Books in Chinese Language": An Interview with China's Most Popular Writer of Adventure Novelsp. 171
Chinese Literature from Taiwan
Modernists and Semi-Emigres
The Chinese Student Movement Abroad: Exiled Writers in the New Worldp. 181
On the Miseries of Writers in American Exile: Sanitized Versions for Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People's Republicp. 186
Such a Symphony of Written Characters One Must Not Allow to Dispersep. 193
The Native Realists: Black Humor and Other Experiments
How Love Scatters: On the Publication of the First Collection of My Worksp. 196
Father's Writings Have Been Republished: Or, The Sexuality of Women Students in a Taibei Bookstorep. 203
Things Chinese and Foreign, Ancient and Modern: An Absurd Comedyp. 209
Ideologists
Against Taiwan's "Orphan Mentality": The Author as His Own Criticp. 215
Native Literature as a Stimulus for Social Change: From a Writing Career to Political Activismp. 223
Alienation, Withdrawal, and Dissent
Cold Ashes in the Heart: The Tragedy of Taiwanese Literaturep. 231
Concern About the Native Land: On the Taking of a Pseudonymp. 240
New Generations
From Taibei's Suburbs: Into the Hubbub of Taiwan's Economic Miraclep. 246
Protest of a Woman Author Against Reckless Accusations: Another Self-Interview, This Time from Taibeip. 253
Vanished Virility: Stories--My Last Remaining Castlep. 261
The Republican Era Revisited
Changing Times
Suppressed Furor Against Foreign Troops: An Unwritten Novel and a Play about the Boxer Uprisingp. 267
A Literary Outcry: Awakening from Unconsciousnessp. 272
My J'accuse Against This Moribund System: Notes on a Crumbling Landlord Clan of Western Sichuanp. 277
Shanghai's Silk Industry: World Economic Crisis, Workers, and Civil Warp. 284
New Forms of Self-Consciousness
Fiction and Society: Changes and Continuities in Mass Audiencesp. 289
International Shanghai, 1941: Coffee House Chat about Sexual Intimacy and the Childlike Charm of the Japanesep. 295
Foolish Dreams: Like a Blind Person Going Fishingp. 302
Early Autobiographical Fragments: A Young Sojourner in a Foreign Landp. 307
Glossaryp. 313
Translators and Writers Translatedp. 345
Bibliographiesp. 347
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780873328173
ISBN-10: 0873328175
Series: Studies on Modern China
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 15th April 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.34  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.62