China's Avant-Garde Fiction: An Anthology

China's Avant-Garde Fiction: An Anthology

By: Jing Wang (editor)Paperback

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Filled with mirages, hallucinations, myths, mental puzzles, and the fantastic, the contemporary experimental fiction of the Chinese avant-garde represents a genre of storytelling unlike any other. Whether engaging the worn spectacle of history, expressing seemingly unmotivated violence, or reinventing outlandish Tibetan myths, these stories are defined by their devotion to theatrics and their willful apathy toward everything held sacred by the generation that witnessed the Cultural Revolution. Jing Wang has selected provocative examples of this new school of writing, which gained prominence in the late 1980s. Contradicting many long-cherished beliefs about Chinese writers-including the alleged tradition of writing as a political act against authoritarianism-these stories make a dramatic break from conventions of modern Chinese literature by demonstrating an irreverence toward history and culture and by celebrating the artificiality of storytelling. Enriched by the work of a distinguished group of translators, this collection presents an aesthetic experience that may have outraged many revolutionary-minded readers in China, but one that also occupies an important place in the canon of Chinese literature. China's Avant-Garde Fiction brings together a group of exceptional writers (including Raise the Red Lantern author Su Tong) to the attention of an English-speaking audience. This book will be enjoyed by those interested in Chinese literature, culture, and society-particularly readers of contemporary fiction. Contributors. Bei Cun, Can Xue, Gei Fei, Ma Yuan, Su Tong, Sun Ganlu, Yu Hua Translators. Eva Shan Chou, Michael S. Duke, Howard Goldblatt, Ronald R. Janssen, Andrew F. Jones, Denis C. Mair, Victor H. Mair, Caroline Mason, Beatrice Spade, Kristina M. Torgeson, Jian Zhang, Zhu Hong

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Jing Wang is Associate Professor of Asian and African Languages and Literature at Duke University. She is the author of The Story of Stone, also published by Duke University Press, and of High Culture Fever: Politics, Aesthetics, and Ideology in Deng's China.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction / Jing Wang 1 Remembering Mr. Wu You / Ge Fei, transl. by Howard Goldblatt 15 Green Yellow / Ge Fei, transl. by Eva Shan Chou 23 Whistling / Ge Fei, transl. by Victor H. Mair 43 The Noon of Howling Wind / Yu Hua, transl. by Denis C. Mair 69 1968 / Yu Hua, transl. by Andrew F. Jones 74 This Story Is For Willow / Yu Hua, transl. by Denis C. Mair 114 Flying Over Maple Village / Su Tong, transl. by Michael S. Duke 147 The Birth of the Water God / Su Tong, transl. by Beatrice Spade 160 The Brothers Shu / Su Tong, transl. by Howard Goldblatt 173 The Hut on the Mountain / Can Xue, transl. by Ronald R. Janssen and Jian Zhang 212 The Big Drugstore / Bei Cun, transl. by Caroline Mason 217 I Am a Young Drunkard / Sun Ganlu, transl. by Kristina M. Torgeson 235 More Ways Than One to Make a Kite / Ma Yuan, transl. by Zhu Hong 246 A Wandering Spirit / Ma Yuan, transl. by Caroline Mason 264 Acknowledgment of Copyrights 284 Contributors 286

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  • ISBN13: 9780822321163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780822321163
  • ISBN10: 0822321165

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