In Intoxicating Shanghai, Paul Bevan explores the work of a number of Chinese modernist figures in the fields of literature and the visual arts, with an emphasis on the literary group the New-sensationists and its equivalents in the Shanghai art world, examining the work of these figures as it appeared in pictorial magazines. It undertakes a detailed examination into the significance of the pictorial magazine as a medium for the dissemination of literature and art during the 1930s. The research locates the work of these artists and writers within the context of wider literary and art production in Shanghai, focusing on art, literature, cinema, music, and dance hall culture, with a specific emphasis on 1934 – ‘The Year of the Magazine’.
Paul Bevan is Departmental Lecturer in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture at the University of Oxford. From 2018 to 2020, he was Christensen Fellow in Chinese painting at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. His first book, A Modern Miscellany, was published by Brill in 2015.
"Bevan structures his book around the years 1934 and 1935 to highlight a Chinese art and literature scene that is often absent from English-language books that focus on a largely expat Shanghai based in and around the foreign presence [...] This brief stretch of the 1930s brings to mind the short bursts of world-class art and literature in post-2000 China. They sprouted up almost as quickly as they now seem to be disappearing. These examples can give us hope that literature and art, like hope, spring eternal." - Susan Blumberg-Kason, in: Asian Review of Books, 25 July 2020
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Part 1: Introductory Chapters
So This Is Shanghai!
1 Literature and the Pictorial Magazine
2 Art and the Pictorial Magazine
Story One: ‘Huilixian’ 回力線 Hai Alai Scenes by Hei Ying
Part 2: Lu Xun: Art Aficionado and Critic
3 Politics, Art and the Pictorial Magazine
Story Two: ‘Luotuo Nicaizhuyizhe yu nüren’ 駱駝尼采主義者與女人 (Camel, Nietzscheanist and Woman) by Mu Shiying
4 Two Critiques by Lu Xun
Story Three: ‘Molü shan de xiaojie’ 墨綠衫的小姐 (The Lady in the Inky-Green Cheongsam) by Mu Shiying
Part 3: The Rise and Rise of the Pictorial Magazine
5 ‘The Year of the Magazine’, 1934
6 Manhua Artists and the Pictorial Magazine – Guo Jianying, Huang Miaozi and Ye Qianyu
Story Four: ‘Sharen weisui’ 殺人未遂 (Attempted Murder) by Liu Na’ou
Part 4: The Shanghai Jazz Age
7 Cinema, Literature and the Pictorial Magazine, 1934
8 Jazz and Popular Music in Shanghai’s Dancehalls
Such is Shanghai! Appendix: Notes on Source Material Bibliography Index
All those interested in modern art, literature, cinema and popular music in 1930s Shanghai, and anyone concerned with print culture, magazines and the publishing industry during the Chinese Republican Era.