2014 / 2015 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
A Reevaluation of the “Misty Poetry” Debate: Fissions and Imagination in Contemporary Chinese Literary History
March 23, 2015 (Monday): 5:30pm-6:45pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
The “misty poetry” (menglongshi) debate, which took place in China from 1979 to 1988, was a series of discussion surrounding primarily the folk journal Today (Jintian). Topics covered by the debate included the themes, techniques, and stylistic orientations of modern Chinese poetry. The debate, however, was not exclusively limited to modern poetry. It also concerned the ideological change in China’s literary field of the 1980s. Through reevaluating the polemic discourses in the debate, this talk will analyze both the reconfiguration of discourse order in Chinese literary history from the 1980s onward, and the imagination of modernization narrative embedded in contemporary China’s literary historiography.
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