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The lyrical in epic time : modern Chinese intellectuals and artists through the 1949 crisis

Author: Dewei Wang
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, David Der-wei Wang uses the lyrical to rethink the dynamics of Chinese modernity. Although the form may seem unusual for representing China's social and political crises in the mid-twentieth century, Wang contends that national cataclysm and mass movements intensified Chinese lyricism in extraordinary ways"--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dewei Wang
ISBN: 9780231170468 0231170467
OCLC Number: 880520996
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2017
Description: xviii, 508 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Inventing the lyrical tradition --
A history with feeling --
The three epiphanies of Shen Congwen --
Of dream and snake: He Qifang, Feng Zhi, and born-again lyricism --
A lyricism of betrayal: the enigma of Hu Lancheng --
The lyrical in an epic time: the music and poetry of Jiang Wenye --
The riddle of the sphinx: Lin Fengmian and the polemics of realism in modern Chinese painting --
The spring that brought eternal regret: Fei Mu, Mei Lanfang, and the poetics of screening China --
And history took a calligraphic turn: Tai Jingnong and the art of writing --
Coda: Toward a critical lyricism.
Responsibility: David Der-wei Wang.

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"In this book, David Der-wei Wang uses the lyrical to rethink the dynamics of Chinese modernity. Although the form may seem unusual for representing China's social and political crises in the mid-twentieth century, Wang contends that national cataclysm and mass movements intensified Chinese lyricism in extraordinary ways"--Jacket.

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By bringing energetic questioning and immense erudition to bear on lyricism, Wang succeeds in throwing a brilliant new light onto crucial aspects of modern Chinese experience in ways that demand a Read more...

 
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