Remembering May Fourth

The Movement and its Centennial Legacy

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Remembering May Fourth: The Movement and its Centennial Legacy is a collective work of thirteen scholars who reflect on the question of how to remember the May Fourth Movement, one of the most iconic socio-political events in the history of modern China. The book discusses a wide range of issues concerning the relations between politics and memory, between writing and ritualizing, between fiction and reality, and between theory and practice. Remembering May Fourth thus calls into question the ways in which the movement is remembered, while at the same time calling for the need to create new memories of the movement.

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Carlos Yu-Kai Lin, Ph.D. (2015), University of Southern California, is an Assistant Professor of Translation Studies at the City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on modern Chinese intellectual history, modern Chinese literature, and the history of Chinese fiction.

Victor H. Mair, Ph.D. (1976), Harvard University, is a Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founder and editor of Sino-Platonic Papers and General Editor of the ABC Chinese Dictionary Series at the University of Hawaii Press.
Contributors

Introduction
Carlos Yu-Kai Lin

Part 1: Histories and Politics


1 May Fourth as Affect
Gloria Davies

2 The May Fourth Liberal Legacy in Chan Koonchung’s Jianfeng ernian
Josephine Chiu-Duke

3 Two Versions of Modern Chinese History: a Reassessment of Hu Shi and Lu Xun
Chih-ping Chou

4 Chinese Renaissance, Other Renaissances
Gang Zhou

5 Hu Shi and the May Fourth Legacy
Yung-chen Chiang

6 Theory and Practice in the May Fourth Period
Shakhar Rahav

Part 2: Literature and Languages


7 Nature and Critique of Modernity in Shen Congwen: an Eco-Critical Reading
Ban Wang

8 A New Vision of Life in Xiao Hong’s The Field of Life and Death
Todd Foley

9 Aesthetic Cognition and the Subject of Discourse in Lu Xun’s Modern-Style Fiction
Nicholas Kaldis

10 Literary Bombs: a Sketch of the May Fourth Generation and Bomb as Metaphor
Chien-hsin Tsai

11 Utopian Language: from Esperanto to the Abolishment of Chinese Characters
Chih-ping Chou

12 The Immortality of Words: Hu Shi’s Language Reform and His Reflection on Religion
Gina Elia & Victor H. Mair

13 A Historical and Bilingual Perspective on the Concept of Vernacular
Carlos Yu-Kai Lin
All who are interested in modern Chinese history, language, literature, culture.