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Enduring the Revolution: Ding Ling and the Politics of Literature in Guomindang China

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An anarchist by temperament, the beautiful and talented Ding Ling attempted to find her way in the world alone. She had a few female friends and a few significant male others, but she rebelled against her family. Most importantly, she rebelled against the Chinese Communist Party to which she desperately hoped to belong. The first part of a comprehensive biography of the major 20th century Chinese author, Ding Ling, this work draws not only on her memoirs, but on numerous secondary sources, many of which have become available only in the last two decades.

Though born into a wealthy family, Jiang Bingzi was raised by her mother after the untimely death of her father. She went to school in the May 4 era, when protest was in the air, the radical ideas of Mao were already in print, and her idol, Lu Xun, was making his literary mark. In her late teens she renounced her engagement, changed her name, and fled to Shanghai where she embraced the anarchist movement. The loss of her brother and lifelong friend, Wang Jianhong, and the loss of her significant other, Hu Yepin, all threw her into various states of depression, not to mention her own abduction by the Guomindang.

Nevertheless, Ding Ling wrote her way out of despair and into the public limelight. Her first collection of short stories, In the Darkness, made her famous because of its profound grasp of feminine psychology and its daring treatment of human sexuality. But when Ding Ling attempted to dispel the darkness in Yan'an, she, like everyone else, was told by Mao in his famous TalkS≪/i> to focus on the light. Ding Ling made all the necessary adjustments, literary and political. She survived the rectification campaign and mastered proletarian fiction. Mao loved her novel The Sun Shines on the Sanggan so much that he ranked her third among contemporaries. Soon, she was traveling to Eastern Europe and to Moscow where she consulted with Soviet notables. With the founding of the People's Republic, it appeared her star was on the rise. This study of Ding Ling and China's literary environment in the first half of the 20th century will be useful to scholars and students of contemporary Chinese history, literature, and women's studies.

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Admitting that he has had to ignore some of her best known work to do so, Alber (Chinese language and literature, U. of South Carolina) places the writing of novelist, short-story writer, and essayist Ding (b. 1904) in the context of her life, and her life in the context of the history of China during the 20th century. He draws partly on an interview with her in Beijing in 1980.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Looks at Ding Ling's life and work prior to the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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An anarchist by temperament, the beautiful and talented Ding Ling attempted to find her way in the world alone. She had a few female friends and a few significant male others, but she rebelled against her family. Most importantly, she rebelled against the Chinese Communist Party to which she desperately hoped to belong. The first part of a comprehensive biography of the major 20th century Chinese author, Ding Ling, this work draws not only on her memoirs, but on numerous secondary sources, many of which have become available only in the last two decades.

Table of Contents

Preface

Clan and Kin

Mother, Daughter and Son

May 4 Movement

Freedom, Golden Word!

Pin, My Love

The Movie Star

Miss Sophie

The Red and Black

The Big Dipper

Kidnapped!

Bastion of Peace

The Front Service Corps

The New Democracy

Scenes from Northern Shaanxi

On the Sanggan River

Travels to Europe

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275972356
Author:
Alber, Charles J.
Publisher:
Praeger Publishers
Author:
Alber, Charles
Location:
Westport, Conn.
Subject:
General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Authors, chinese
Subject:
Authors, Chinese -- 20th century.
Subject:
Ding, Ling
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 183
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
5.98x9.01x.81 in. 1.31 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , An anarchist by temperament, the beautiful and talented Ding Ling attempted to find her way in the world alone. She had a few female friends and a few significant male others, but she rebelled against her family. Most importantly, she rebelled against the Chinese Communist Party to which she desperately hoped to belong. The first part of a comprehensive biography of the major 20th century Chinese author, Ding Ling, this work draws not only on her memoirs, but on numerous secondary sources, many of which have become available only in the last two decades.
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