Narrating China

Narrating China

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Jia Pingwa, whose novels have caused both fame and controversy, has an enormous readership throughout the Chinese speaking world. However, despite Pingwa's cultural significance and the use of his poetry, novels and prose in schools and universities, there has never been any substantial academic study of the writer and his writings. Filling that gap, this book examines the corpus of Pingwaa€™s writing and emphasizes his importance, prominence and relevance to contemporary Chinese society. This pioneering study discusses Pingwa's works in the light of a€˜cultural nationalisma€™, showing how he links the cultural identity of China with the cultural authenticity of his local Shaanxi Province. In addition, the book highlights issues of nationalism in contemporary Chinese literature and underpins the significance of regional writing in negotiating Chinaa€™s national identities.His poems and essays have close intertextual connections with his fiction and with each other; they best demonstrate the ... They better suit his inclination to the literati traditions and some of his classical-style poetry and essays are very good examples of ... Jia Pingwaa#39;s poems and essays give better access to his personal life and social concerns, as the subject matter is ... Thus, these two genres offer him an alternative to fictional narrative, especially in terms of self-expression.

Title:Narrating China
Author:Yiyan Wang
Publisher:Routledge - 2006-04-07


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