Mapping Modern Beijing: Space, Emotion, Literary Topography

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"I have lived in Beijing for thirty years, but I can't say that I have yet comprehended this city," wrote Lao Xiang, the great Chinese novelist, in 1935. Mapping Modern Beijing explores the various ways novelists sought to understand and articulate China's second largest city in the first half of twentieth century. Song investigates five modes of representing Beijing: as a warped hometown, a city of snapshots and manners, an aesthetic city, an imperialcapital in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, and a displaced city on the Sinophone and diasporic postmemory. Drawing from literary canons to exotic narratives, from modernist poetry to chivalric fantasy, from popular culture to urban planning, this book explores the complex nexus of urban spaces,archives of emotions, and literary topography of Beijing in its long journey from imperial capital to Republican city and to socialist metropolis. While most English-language literary studies of China focus on its rural locales, Song's study presents a welcome departure, expanding our understandings of Chinese literature into the urban and the modern.
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ISBN-13: 9780190200671
ISBN-10: 0190200677
Pagini: 320
Ilustrații: 10 halftones
Dimensiuni: 164 x 238 x 27 mm
Greutate: 0.48 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


"[Weijie Song] is engaging brilliantly in what I would call spatial reading... this book is of great value to the evolving study of modern and contemporary Chinese culture, particularly in responding to recent emphases on global and cosmopolitan perspectives and intercultural interactions, but also in creating a context in which to showcase major cultural figures who have not necessarily gotten the attention they deserve.
The careful treatments of these cities and people's relationships with them make Shadow Modernism and Mapping Modern Beijing eminently rewarding reads. They shed new light on much familiar material while unearthing work that has escaped the attention of scholars to date. They also underscore why it is that these two cities, like a handful of other "world cities", have persisted as motors of cultural change down to the present. Both books areremarkable contributions and deserve close attention from historians, geographers, and urbanists well beyond the field of Chinese Studies.

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Weijie Song is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University.