Text, Performance, and Gender in Chinese Literature and Music

Essays in Honor of Wilt Idema


Wilt Idema is one of the world's leading scholars and translators of Chinese literature, with research interests ranging from classical poetry to premodern fiction, performance literature and women's writing. His oeuvre is exceptional in its inclusiveness and its ability to let different historical periods, genres and issues speak to one another, and to make the riches of Chinese literature accessible to a wide range of readers. In honor of his work, this collection brings together new research by twenty-two prominent scholars in a field of tremendous scope and diversity, on topics including genre characteristics, literary representations of social and political history, gender and cultural identity, music, autobiography, women's writing, internet literature and more.
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Biographical Note

Maghiel van Crevel, PhD in Chinese literature (Leiden, 1996), is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Leiden University. His publications include Language Shattered: Contemporary Chinese Poetry and Duoduo (1996) and Chinese Poetry in Times of Mind, Mayhem and Money (2008).

Tian Yuan Tan, PhD in Chinese literature (Harvard, 2006), is Lecturer in Traditional Chinese Literature and Culture at SOAS, University of London. His recent publications include “The Wolf of Zhongshan and Ingrates” (2007) and “The Sovereign and the Theater” (2008).

Michel Hockx, PhD in Chinese literature (Leiden, 1994), is Professor of Chinese at SOAS, University of London. He has published extensively on modern Chinese poetry, and on the sociology of modern Chinese literature.

Review Quotes

"In sum, this is an extremely rich collection of essays. As the editors of the volume put it, this collection of essays 'bears witness to the huge advances that the study of Chinese culture has made since the 1970s, when [Wilt Idema] started his career' (p.1). Having benefitted from Idema's impressive scholarship both as a reader and as a long-distance student of his, I can understand why he inspired so extensive a Festschrift." – JIE GUO, University of South Carolina, in: MCLC Resource Center Publication (October 2010)


All those interested in Chinese literature and music, Chinese Studies/Sinology, East Asian literature, comparative literature, and translation studies.


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