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The Birth of Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature

Revolutions in Language, History, and Culture

Authors: Gao, Yu

  • Offers a linguistic perspective on the twentieth century revolution in Chinese language and literature
  • Explores the concept of ‘baihua’, a language reform movement which laid the foundation for the May fourth New Literature Movement
  • Considers the role and impact of translation in the Chinese language revolution
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This study makes a linguistic case for the twentieth century revolution in Chinese language and literature. It offers a history of reform and change in the Chinese language throughout the country’s history, and focuses on the concept of ‘baihua’, a language reform movement championed by Hu Shi and other scholars which laid the foundation for the May fourth New Literature Movement, the larger New Culture Movement and which now defines modern Chinese. Examining the differences between classical and modern Chinese language systems alongside an investigation into the relevance and impact of translation in this language revolution - notably addressing the pivotal role of May Fourth leader Lu Xun - this book provides a rare insight into the evolution of the Chinese language and those who championed its development.

About the authors

Dr. Yu Gao is Professor of Chinese at Zhejiang Normal University, author and co-author of more than 20 books including History of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and Reflections on Literary Issues, and A Discursive Approach to Literary Issues. He has published hundreds of articles on Chinese and foreign literature.

Dr. Guicang Li is Professor of English at Zhejiang Normal University, author of Championing Chinese Ethnicity: Sui Sin Far and Her Writing, and The Weight of Culture: Contemporary Chinese American Literature and Chinese American Identity, and translator of many books including Ursula Heise’s Sense of Place and Sense of Planet.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Division of Literary Periods, Theory, and Awareness of Problems

    Gao, Yu

    Pages 1-15

  • Language Reform and the Transformation of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature

    Gao, Yu

    Pages 17-47

  • Critique of Baihua Writing Theory

    Gao, Yu

    Pages 49-71

  • The Baihua Movement and Ideological Revolution

    Gao, Yu

    Pages 73-90

  • Foreignization and Assimilation: Translated World Literature and Modern Chinese Literature

    Gao, Yu

    Pages 91-125

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55936-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $90.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56529-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Birth of Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature
Book Subtitle
Revolutions in Language, History, and Culture
Authors
Translated by
Li, G.
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55936-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55936-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56529-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 202
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