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Author Mu, Shiying, author.

Title Mu Shiying : China's lost modernist / new translations and an appreciation by Andrew David Field.

Published Hong Kong [China] : Hong Kong University Press, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Short stories. Selections. English
Physical description 1 online resource (1 PDF (liv, 134 pages)) : illustrations, portraits.
Series RAS China in Shanghai
RAS China in Shanghai series of China Monographs.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages l-liv) and index.
Contents List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Mu Shiying: An Appreciation of His Life, Times and Works -- Selected Stories of Mu Shiying -- The Man Who Was Treated as a Plaything -- Five in a Nightclub -- Craven 'A' -- Night 89 -- Shanghai Fox-trot 103 -- Black Peony -- Index.
Summary When the avant-garde writer Mu Shiying was assassinated in 1940, China lost one of its greatest modernist writers while Shanghai lost its most detailed chronicler of its demi-monde nightlife. As Andrew David Field argues, Mu Shiying advanced modern Chinese writing beyond the vernacular expression of May 4 giants Lu Xun and Lao She to even more starkly reveal the alienation of the cosmopolitan-capitalist city of Shanghai, trapped between the forces of civilization and barbarism. Each of these five short stories focuses on the author's key obsessions: the pleasurable yet anxiety-ridden social and sexual relationships of the modern city and the decadent maelstrom of consumption and leisure in Shanghai epitomized by the dance hall and the nightclub. This study places his writings squarely within the framework of Shanghai's social and cultural nightscapes.
Other author Field, Andrew David, writer of introductory matter, translator, editor.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Mu, Shiying -- Translations into English.
Mu, Shiying.
Authors, Chinese -- 20th century -- Biography.
China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949.
Shanghai (China) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9789888268344 (electronic bk.)
9888268341 (electronic bk.)