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Modern Chinese writer Yu Dafu continued composing classicalstyle poems for his whole life, claiming himself to be “a man infatuated with skeletons.” This article interprets Yu’s lyricism as a stylistic manifestation of his personal and national anxieties that were stimulated by the transition of Chinese culture into modernity during the first half of the twentieth century. By examining Yu’s status as a displaced loyalist both in his verses as well as in real life, I argue that Yu’s loyalist rhetoric represents the identity crisis of a Chinese writer in confronting the menacing power struggles of the modern world.

In: Frontiers of Literary Studies in China
Classical-Style Poetry of Modern Chinese Writers
Author: Haosheng Yang
In A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune, Haosheng Yang provides an in-depth study of the classical-style poems of the most iconoclastic May Fourth Chinese writers (Lu Xun, Yu Dafu, Zhou Zuoren, Guo Moruo, and Nie Gannu) and highlights the five literary masters’ engagement with traditional lyricism as their critical response to the sociopolitical turbulence of twentieth-century China. This study challenges the bias against classical forms as allegedly outdated modes incapable of representing modern reality in current Chinese literary history.
Yang’s fascinating book positions modern Chinese literature’s formalistic nonlinearity, representational experiences, and aspiration for a new voice through an old form as factors that are all crucial to exploring more fully the blurred boundary between the traditional and the modern.
In: A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune
In: A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune
In: A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune
In: A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune
In: A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune
In: A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune
In: A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune
In: A Modernity Set to a Pre-Modern Tune