The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937 (Berkeley Series in Interdisciplinary Studies of China 1)

The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937 (Berkeley Series in Interdisciplinary Studies of China 1)

By: Shu-mei Shih (author)Paperback

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Shu-mei Shih's study is the first book in English to offer a comprehensive account of Chinese literary modernism from Republican China. In The Lure of the Modern, Shih argues for the contextualization of Chinese modernism in the semicolonial cultural and political formation of the time. Engaging critically with theories of modernism, postcoloniality, and global and local cultural studies, Shih analyzes pivotal issues - such as psychoanalysis, decadence, Orientalism, Occidentalism, semicolonial subjectivity, cosmopolitanism, and urbanism - that were mediated by Japanese as well as Western modernisms.

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Shu-mei Shih is Associate Professor in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Preface Introduction The Global and Local Terms of Chinese Modernism PART ONE: Desiring the Modern: May Fourth Occidentalism and Japanism 1. Time, Modernism, and Cultural Power: Local Constructions 2. Evolutionism and Experimentalism: Lu Xun and Tao Jingsun 3. Psychoanalysis and Cosmopolitanism: The Work of Guo Moruo 4. The Libidinal and the National: The Morality of Decadence in Yu Dafu, Teng Gu, and Others 5. Loving the Other: May Fourth Occidentalism in the Global Context PART TWO: Rethinking the Modern: The Beijing School 6. Modernity without Rupture: Proposals for a New Global Culture 7. Writing English with a Chinese Brush: The Work of Fei Ming 8. Gendered Negotiations with the Local: Lin Huiyin and Ling Shuhua PART THREE: Flaunting the Modern: Shanghai New Sensationism 9. Modernism and Urban Shanghai 10. Gender, Race, and Semicolonialism: Liu Na'ou's Urban Shanghai Landscape 11. Performing Semicolonial Subjectivity: The Work of Mu Shiying 12.Capitalism and Interiority: Shi Zhecun's Tales of the Erotic-Grotesque Conclusion Semicolonialism and Culture Appendix Later Modernisms: The War Years and Beyond Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780520220645
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 440
  • ID: 9780520220645
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 0520220641

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