Book of the Day. Huang, Yibing – Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future

I wish it were available in China.

Huang, Yibing – Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future

This book by 1997 IDRF Fellow Yibing Huang offers a fresh and nuanced perspective into contemporary Chinese literature by presenting four authors and cultural bastards–Duo Duo, an underground seer-poet; Wang Shuo, a ‘hooligan’ writer; Zhang Chengzhi, an old Red Guard and new cultural heretic; and Wang Xiaobo, a defiant yet melancholy chronicler of a dystopian modern world. It analyzes each of these authors’ distinctive (re)visions of a double-faced Chinese modernity against a collective legacy of the Cultural Revolution, and argues for the restoration of a historical horizon of China’s transition from the Cultural Revolution to a hybrid moment of the present and future ridden with uncertainties.

Published: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

ISBN: 978-1403979827

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