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Reading Wang Wenxing : critical essays / editors, Shu-Ning Sciban, Ihor Pidhainy.

  • Ithaca, New York : East Asia Program, Cornell University, [2015]
  • ©2015
xlii, 345 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary note:
"This is the first book-length study of Wang Wenxing in English. It offers biographic, cultural, textual, literary, and linguistic readings of Wang's work. The essays cover topics such as Wang's writing principles, typology of characters, analysis of lexicon, employment of stream-of-consciousness, musicality, relationship to Modernist writers of the West, relationship to Lu Xun, and issues of translating Wang's works into Western languages. There are original contributions by Wang Wenxing illuminating his own writing through a discussion of his way of reading, and a biographical essay by Ch'en Chu-yun, his wife, who shares with the reader moments of their private life and the writing habits of her husband. In addition, this volume appends outlines of Wang's novels and bibliographies that are valuable to both students and scholars in their studies of Wang Wenxing's writing in particular as well as to the understanding of Taiwanese and Chinese literature in general." --back cover.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-338).
I. Essays. Social and Cultural Critique. 1. Wang Wenxing and Lu Xun: high-culture quest, enlightenment rationality, and the Modernist duality / Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang -- 2. Archetypes in Wang Wenxing's early fiction: insecure intellectuals and dangerous women / Ihor Pidhainy -- 3. Screwed by fate? The prostitute and the critique of Liberalism in Backed Against the Sea / Darryl Sterk -- 4. Leaving home: foreshadowing, echo, and sideshadowing in Wang Wenxing's Jia bian / Jane Parish Yang ; Questions of Style. 5. Wang Wenxing: novelist as lyric sculptor / Wai-lim Yip -- 6. Family catastrophe and its connection with traditional Chinese literature / Shu-ning Sciban -- 7. The use of Liheci in Family Catastrophe / Wei Cai -- 8. Harmony, counterpoint, and variation in Backed Against the Sea / Hengsyung Jeng -- 9. The stream-of-consciousness technique in Wang Wenxing's fiction / Te-hsing Shan ; Reflections on Translation. 10. The poetics of rhythm in Wang Wenxing's novels / Sandrine Marchand -- 11. Translating and editing Wang Wenxing / Fred Edwards -- 12. Reflections on translating Jia bian / Susan Dolling ; Reflections on Wang Wenxing's Life. 13. A quiet and simple life / Jeannette Chu-yun Chen -- 14. Wang Wenxing on Wang Wenxing / Te-hsing Shan ; II. Appendices. A. Outlines of the Novels. 15. Tentative outline of Family Catastrophe / Shu-ning Sciban -- 16. Tentative outline of Backed Against the sea, Vol. 1 / Te-hsing Shan -- 17. Tentative outline of Backed Against the Sea, Vol. 2 / San-hui Hung ; B. Bibliographies. 18. Bibliography I: interviews with and biographical references to Wang Wenxing -- 19. Bibliography II: critiques of Wang Wenxing's works -- 20. Bibliography III: translations of Wang Wenxing's works.
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