This volume of fourteen essays explores Chinese poetic modernism in all its facets, from its origins in the 1920s through 21st century manifestations.
Modernisms in the plural reflects the complexity of the ideas and forms which can be associated with this literary-historical term. The volume’s contributors take a variety of focus points, from literary groups such as “9 Leaves” or “Bamboo Hat,” to individuals such as modernist sonneteer Feng Zhi 冯至, or Taiwan experimentalist Xia Yu 夏宇 (Hsia Yü), and Hong Kong modernist Leung Ping-kwan 梁秉钧, to non-biographically oriented chapters concerning modernist language, poetry and visual art, among other issues. Collectively, the volume endeavors to present as complete a picture of modernist practice in Chinese poetry as possible.
Paul Manfredi, Ph. D. Indiana University, is currently Professor of Chinese and Chair of Chinese Studies Program at Pacific Lutheran University. His recent book is
Modern Poetry in China: A Visual-Verbal Dynamic, Cambria Press, 2014. Christopher Lupke, Ph. D. Cornell University, is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies and Chair of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta. His recent publications include
The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien: Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion, Cambria Press, 2016, and translations of Xiao Kaiyu in
Chinese Literature Today and
"Manfredi and Lupke’s work certainly does not “fill a gap.” There are many passages in their book that open new horizons of thinking about Chinese literature and beyond. We will also find many old topics constructively revisited. And whether discussing “old” or “new” material, the authors show a lot of subtle sensibility and respect to elusive poetic matter. All in all, helpfully informative, often challengingly innovative, and at times disquietingly provocative, Chinese Poetry Modernisms is a remarkable collection of high-quality scholarship."
Adam Mickiewicz University, in
Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Online Book Reviews, November 2019
List of Figures Contributors
Introduction Paul Manfredi and Christopher Lupke
part 1: Toward an Origin of Chinese Poetic Modernisms
The Origins and Historical Development of the Modernist Poets Lan Dizhi 蓝棣之, translated by Paul Manfredi
From Du Fu to Rilke and Back: Feng Zhi’s Modernist Aesthetics and Poetic Practice Géraldine Fiss
Drama-tic Synthesis: Time, Memory, and History in the Writings of the Nine Leaves Poets Yanhong Zhu
The Classical Echo in Chinese Poetic Modernism Dian Li
part 2: Modernist Poetry from Taiwan
Xia Yu and the Modernist Tradition in Taiwan Michelle Yeh
Yu Guangzhong’s Modernist Spirit: From In Time of Cold War to Tug of War with Eternity Chen Fangming, translated by Thomas Moran
Li and Modernism: The Development of a Poetry Journal Ruan Meihui, translated by Yvonne Jia-Raye Yo and Paul Manfredi
part 3: Bridging Borders in Contemporary Poetry
The Poetics of Exile: The Cases of Shang Qin and Bei Dao Nikky Lin
National Myth and Global Aesthetics: Reading Yeats alongside Chinese Poetic Modernism Christopher Lupke
Measure Words Not for Measure: A Linguistic Experiment in Modern Chinese Poetry Lisa Lai-ming Wong
part 4: Reconceptualizations of Poetry in the Post-Mao Era
Network Analysis as a Modernist Intervention: The Case of Chinese Poetry Readings Nick Admussen
Modernist Waves: Yang Lian, John Cayley, and the Location of Global Modernism in the Digital Age Jacob Edmond
Annotating the Aporias of History: The “International Style,” Chinese Modernism, and World Literature in Xi Chuan’s Poetry Lucas Klein
Modernist Literati: Abstract Art of Contemporary Chinese Poets Paul Manfredi
All interested in the subject of literary modernism, particularly where poetry is concerned. The book will also be useful for all students of modern and contemporary Chinese literature.