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A companion to modern Chinese literature by Yingjin Zhang

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New York: Routledge. 27 Chou, Eva Shan. 2012. Memory, Violence, Queues: Lu Xun Interprets China. Ann Arbor, MI: Association for Asian Studies. Chow, Rey. 1991a. ” In Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism. Edited by Mohanty, Chandra Talpade, Ann Russo, and Lourdes Torres. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 81–100. Chow, Rey. 1991b. Woman and Chinese Modernity: The Politics of Reading between West and East. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Chow, Rey. Ed. 2000. Modern Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field.

He ends the chapter by exam­ ining critical debates around this provocative terminology and reflecting on the most recent coercive attempts by PRC scholars to incorporate it into new Sinology or global Chinese literature. Part II: Genres and Types Part II covers key genres—poetry, drama, fiction, and prose—and types of litera­ ture—translated literature, women’s literature, popular literature, and ethnic minority literature—in modern Chinese literature. Poetry is the best genre with which to mea­ sure the seismic change in the time‐honored Chinese literary tradition since the late Qing, when poetry started to lose prestige to fiction.

In comparison, modern Chinese drama remains rather marginal in English scholarship (Wagner 1990; Conceison 2004; Ying General Introduction 13 and Conceison 2008; Ferrari 2012; Hsiung 2013), except for studies of Gao Xingjian (to be enumerated in the conclusion). Xiaomei Chen has published on modern Chinese drama (2002a; forthcoming) and edited comprehensive drama anthologies (2002b; 2010), and in Chapter 10, “Modern Chinese Theater Study and its Century‐Long History,” she recommends an approach that combines huaju (spoken drama) and xiju (theater) and uses three major playwrights—Cao Yu, Hong Shen, and Ouyang Yuqiang—to illustrate how these dramatic forms worked together in their careers and how concepts of Greek tragedy found their ways into new Chinese narratives of class struggle.

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