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  • Fictional Authors, Imaginary Audiences

Fictional Authors, Imaginary Audiences

Modern Chinese Literature in the Twentieth Century


English , 2003/07 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Literature

229 x 152 x 15 mm , 292pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-962-996-105-3

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The authors and audiences for twentieth century Chinese literature, especially fiction, are examined in a fresh light in this book. While modern Chinese fictions are imaginary in that they do not constitute reliable portraits of Chinese life, they can reveal fascinating insights into the writers themselves and their implied audiences. The book also includes substantial reference to poetry, drama, film, and the visual arts as well as to the political and social context in which they appear.

Bonnie S. McDougall is Professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. She has also taught at Sydney, Harvard and Oslo, and has spent long periods in teaching, translating, and researching in China. Her many books and articles cover all periods and genres of modern Chinese literature. Her recent works include The Literature of China in the Twentieth Century (co-authored with Kam Louie), Columbia University Press, 1997; Chinese Concepts of Privacy (co-edited with Anders Hansson), Brill, 2001; and Love-letters and Privacy in Modern China: The Intimate Lives of Lu Xun and Xu Guangping, Oxford University Press, 2002.

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