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This is the first systematic study of the vernacular movement in modern Chinese literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from the perspective of comparative literature.  Drawing on the experiences of vernacular movements in other times and societies (Italian, French, German, English, Japanese, Indian, Arabic, Turkish, Vietnamese), and on the concept of world literature, this book is a new and radical rereading of the origins of modern Chinese literature.  Examining the Chinese literary revolution in the context of vernacularization in Renaissance Europe, the genbun itchi movement in Meiji Japan, modern Turkish language reform, and the revival of classical Hebrew in modern Israeli society, this book situates the "triumph" of the vernacular in modern China in a truly global comparative setting.

Synopsis:

1895-1925 was a critical historical period in Chinese literary history, when" baihua" (the vernacular) was elevated to become the national language and "wenyan" (classical Chinese) was eliminated from many literary practices, overturning the long-established linguistic hierarchy. This is the first book to concentrate not only on the triumph of the vernacular in modern China but also on the critical role of the rise of the vernacular in world literature, invoking parallel cases from countries throughout Europe and Asia.

About the Author

Gang Zhou is an Assistant Professor of Chinese at Louisiana State University.  She has published in PMLA and MLN, among others and is the co-editor of Other Renaissances: A New Approach to World Literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction * The Language of Utopia * The Chinese Renaissance * The Shaky House * “The Vernacular Only” Writing Mode * Epilogue

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230109391
Author:
Zhou, Gang
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Subject:
General
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110115
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
190
Dimensions:
8.61 x 5.69 x 0.69 in 1 lb

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Literary History » Asia
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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"Synopsis" by , 1895-1925 was a critical historical period in Chinese literary history, when" baihua" (the vernacular) was elevated to become the national language and "wenyan" (classical Chinese) was eliminated from many literary practices, overturning the long-established linguistic hierarchy. This is the first book to concentrate not only on the triumph of the vernacular in modern China but also on the critical role of the rise of the vernacular in world literature, invoking parallel cases from countries throughout Europe and Asia.
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