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The Lyrical in Epic Time
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The Lyrical in Epic Time: Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis

David Der-wei Wang


This book uses the lyrical to rethink the dynamics of Chinese modernity. Although the form may seem unusual for representing China's social and political crises in the mid-twentieth century, the book contends that national cataclysm and mass movements intensified Chinese lyricism in extraordinary ways. The book calls attention to the form's vigor and variety at an unlikely juncture in Chinese history and the precarious consequences it brought about: betrayal, self-abjuration, suicide, and silence. Despite their divergent backgrounds and commitments, the writers, artists, and intellectuals disc ... More

Keywords: mass movements, Chinese modernity, Chinese lyricism, Chinese history, solidarity, artist, lyrical discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170468
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Der-wei Wang, author