Essays, Interviews, Recollections and Unpublished Material of Gu Cheng, 20th Century Chinese Poet - The Poetics of Death (Chinese Studies S. v. 5)

Essays, Interviews, Recollections and Unpublished Material of Gu Cheng, 20th Century Chinese Poet - The Poetics of Death (Chinese Studies S. v. 5)

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This study is a collection of contributions by people close to the tragic death of Chinese poet Gu Cheng and by international scholars with diverse views on the poet and his literary achievements. The contributions represent an interesting balance of male and females perspectives on Gu Cheng. They include biographical sketches with personal insights and reminiscences, as well as unpublished documents and critical assessments of his literary oeuvre. It constitutes a significant source book on Gu Cheng, particularly since so little critical response has been available in English.


Part 1 Critical studies: the poetics of death, Henry Y. Zhao; Gu Cheng - Beijing, Wolfgang Kubin; the death of Gu Cheng, Tang Xiaodu; two generations - on the subject of not understanding poetry, Gu Gong; Gu Cheng's "Ying'er - a journey to the West, Li Xia; a perspective on the suicide of Chinese poets in the 1990s, Wang Yuechuan; marginalia to Gu Cheng's "Dasuowen" - questions and answers, Marian Galik; sitting with (S)words - an interpretation of Gu Cheng's poem "Table", Peter Hoffmann; two works - Hong (1930) and Ying'er (1993) - as indeterminate joint ventures, Raoul David Findeisen; "all my flowers are dream flowers" - the role of nature in Gu Cheng's poetry and prose, Li Xia; an intimate estrangement, Simon Patton. Part 2 Reminiscence and reflections: pursuing his dream, Gu Gong; a letter to Bridget, Xie Ye; fragments - remembering Gu Cheng and Xie Ye, Wolfgang Kubin; "the song of the other shores is the same song" - random reminiscence of a poetic path - a friend attempts a revisualisation, Richard Trappl. Part 3 Interviews, letters, and unpublished material: "the aimless I" - an interview with Gu Cheng; on the nature of feminine purity in "A Dream of Red Mansions" and Goethe's Faust -Marian Galik interviews Gu Cheng in Berlin, April 21, 1992; letters to Peter Hoffmann, Chu Cheng; letters to Wen Xin, Gu Cheng; letter to Wolfgang Kubin, Gu Cheng; letter to Wolfgang Kubin, Suizi Zhang-Kubin and Xiaobin, Gu Cheng, Xie Ye, Mu'er; letter to Wolfgang Kubin and Suizi Zhang-Kubin, Gu Cheng, Xie Ye. Appendix: facsimile prints of original documents translated above a brief chronology of Gu Cheng's life.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773480056
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 488
  • ID: 9780773480056
  • weight: 816
  • ISBN10: 0773480056

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