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Author Laughlin, Charles A., 1964-

Title The literature of leisure and Chinese modernity / Charles A. Laughlin.

Published Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2008.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (x, 242 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-234) and index.
Contents Writing as a way of life -- The legacy of leisure and modern Chinese literature -- Wandering : the threads of conversation group -- Learning : the White Horse Lake group -- Enjoying : the Essays of the Analects group -- Dreaming : from the Crescent Moon group to the Beijing School -- The legacy of leisure and contemporary Chinese culture.
Summary "The Chinese essay is arguably China's most distinctive contribution to modern world literature, and the period of its greatest influence and popularity - the mid-1930s - is the central concern of this book. What Charles Laughlin terms "the literature of leisure" is a modern literary response to the cultural past that manifests itself most conspicuously in the form of short, informal essay writing (xiaopin wen). Laughlin examines the essay both as a widely practiced and influential genre of literary expression and as an important counter- discourse to the revolutionary tradition of New Literature (especially realistic fiction), often viewed as the dominant mode of literature at the time." "After articulating the relationship between the premodern traditions of leisure literature and the modern essay, Laughlin treats the various essay styles representing different groups of writers. Each is characterized according to a single defining activity: "wandering" in the case of the Yu si (Threads of conversation) group surrounding Lu Xun and Zhou Zuoren; "learning" with the White Horse Lake group of Zhejiang schoolteachers like Feng Zikai and Xia Mianzun; "enjoying" in the case of Lin Yutang's Analects group; "dreaming" with the Beijing school. The concluding chapter outlines the impact of leisure literature on Chinese culture up to the present day."--Jacket.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Chinese literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781435666559 (electronic bk.)
1435666550 (electronic bk.)
9780824831257 (alk. paper)
082483125X (alk. paper)