Title: Language shattered: Contemporary Chinese ...
Publisher: Research School CNWS
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Good
355 pp., bibliography, index. ex-library, label on spine, clear lamination over cover, label inside front cover, labels on 1st blank page, stamps on title page, minor pencil marks on a few pages. Language Shattered is both a history of poetry from the People's Republic of China and a case study of the oeuvre of a leading Chinese poet. After the stifling orthodoxy of the 1950s and early 1960s, the terror of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) brought official Chinese literature to a total standstill. At the same time, disillusioned youths were more or less accidentally exposed to a varied body of foreign literature and began writing underground poetry. In the 1980s this poetry scene, now above ground, became one of pluriformity and proliferation in both official and unofficial circuits. The brutal suppression of the 1989 Protest Movement gave it an exile offshoot. The historical overview in Part I of this book is complemented in Part II by a discussion of Duoduo's poetry. Duoduo's career as a poet reflects the vicissitudes of Chinese Experimental poetry - and his beautiful, headstrong poems merit attention in themselves. They show that Chinese poetry is not just of interest as a chronicle of Chinese politics, but as literature in its own right. Bookseller Inventory # 907378252XAMA090815
Text: English, Chinese (translation)
Original Language: Chinese
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