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Volume 2 No. 1 2011

The Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Chinese Literature Today features the return of Shi Zhi—his poetry and legacy. Our critical section focuses on the question of whether Chinese literature is "garbage or gold," as famous literary critics debate the need for greater cosmopolitanism in contemporary Chinese literature. Featured scholar Michelle Yeh discusses her new approach to the study of modern Chinese poetry, and our special section explores the rise of migrant working-class poetry. Also included are an interview with Yu Hua, a look at the work of Yan Lianke, and the second part of our exploration of the body-writing genre.

Table of Contents

FEATURED AUTHOR: SHI ZHI
06 The Return of the Pioneer: On Shi Zhi and His Poetry by Zhang Qinghua
13 Nine Poems by Shi Zhi
20 To my American Readers by Shi Zhi

 

CHINESE LITERATURE/GLOBAL CONTEXTS
23 The Chinese Perspective and the Assessment of Contemporary Chinese Literature by Bei Dao
28 Garbage or Gold: Two Extreme Assessments of Contemporary Chinese Literature by Zhang Ning
31 The Lanuguage of Poetry, the Language of the World: World Poetry and World Language by Wolfgang Kubin
36 Another Look at Subjective Self-Consciousness and Contemporary Chinese Literature by Hong Zhigang
40 Body-Writing: Cruel Youth, Urban Linglei, an Special Economic Zone Syndrome in Mian Mian's Candy by Hong Zhigang

 

POETRY AND THE REAL WORLD: CLASS AND CONTEMPORARY CHINESE POETRY
49 Between License and Responsibility: Reexamining the Role of the Poet in Twenty-First-Century Chinese Society by Heather Inwood
56 Five Poems by Zheng Xiaoqiong
60 Five Poems by Tian He
63 Three Poems by Zeng Dekuang

 

FICTION AND TRUTH IN THE NOVELS OF YAN LIANKE
66 Ridiculing the Golden Age: Subversive Undertones in Yan Lianke's Happy by Thomas Chen
73 Yan Lianke: A Writer's Moral Duty by Laifong Leung

 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
80 On Brothers and Chaotic Aesthetics: An Interview with Yu Hua by Zhang Qinghua

 

FEATURED SCHOLAR: MICHELLE YEH
86 Taking Sides with Poetry: An Homage to Michelle Yeh by Maghiel van Crevel
90 Game-Changers: A Prolegomenon to a Theory of Modern Chinese Poetry by Michelle Yeh
95 Chinese Poetry from Center to Periphery: A Conversation with Michelle Yeh by Jonathan Stalling

 

IN EVERY ISSUE
03 Editor's Note
04 Contributors
99 Chinese Literature in Review
112 Pacific Bridge

 

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