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Title American modernist poetry and the Chinese encounter / edited by Zhang Yuejun and Stuart Christie
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 197 pages)
Contents Table of Contents Acknowledgements Introduction -- Z. Yuejun & S. Christie Entry 'Between Walls': So Much Depends on Chinese Immigrant Poetry -- C.A. Shinn H.T. Tsiang's Poems of the Chinese Revolution and Transpacific Bridges to a Radical Past -- J.I. McDougall Influence Usurious Translation: From Chinese Character to Western Ideology in Pound's Confucian 'Terminologies' -- S. Christie Wandering Lost Upon the Mountains of Our Choice: W.H. Auden's 'In Time of War' -- L.L. Ching China and the Political Imagination in Langston Hughes's Poetry -- L. Lianggong Exit Allen Ginsberg's 'China' -- S. Hui Caorlyn Kizer and Chinese Gui-yuan Poetry -- L. Jing Jane Hirshfield's Poetic Voice and Zen Meditation -- C. Ling
Summary "This edition documents the growth of interest in modernist and contemporary American poetry by scholars both inside and outside China. While the tradition of Asian-American literature and criticism is well-established, there has been less exposure to how China-based critics have viewed the increasing popularity of canonical and emerging American poetry. The volume uses a variety of approaches to argue a central theme--that the "encounter" of American poetry with contemporary Chinese modernity is occasioning a radical refashioning of not only American perspectives on Chinese culture and values but of the impact of Western values upon the Chinese worldview"-- Provided by publisher
American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounteroffers a framework for understanding the variety of imagined encounters by eight different American poets with their imagined 'Chinese' subject. The method is historical and materialist, insofar as the contributors to the volume read the claims of specific poems alongside the actual and tumultuous changes China faced between 1911 and 1979. Even where specific poems are found to be erroneous, the contributors to the volume suggest that each of the poets attempted to engage their 'Chinese' subject with a degree of commitment that presaged imaginatively China's subsequent dominance. The poems stand as unique artifacts, via proxy and in the English language, for the rise of China in the American imagination. The audience of the volume is international, including the growing number of scholars and graduate students in Chinese universities working on American literature and comparative cultural studies, as well as already established commentators and students in the west
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject American poetry -- Appreciation -- China.
Modernism (Literature) -- China.
National characteristics, American, in literature.
Form Electronic book
Author Christie, Stuart, 1967-
Zhang, Yuejun, 1965-
LC no. 2012014916
ISBN 0230391729 (electronic bk.)
9780230391727 (electronic bk.)