By Maghiel van Crevel

"Chinese Poetry in occasions of brain, Mayhem and funds" is a groundbreaking contribution to scholarship, well-suited to lecture room use in that it combines rigorous research with a full of life sort. overlaying the interval from Eighties to the current, it's prepared round the notions of textual content, context and metatext, that means poetry, its socio-political and cultural atmosphere, and important discourse within the broadest feel. The authors and matters studied comprise Han Dong, Haizi, Xi Chuan, Yu Jian, sunlight Wenbo, Yang Lian, Wang Jiaxin, Bei Dao, Yin Lichuan, Shen Haobo and Yan Jun, and every little thing from the subtleties of poetic rhythm to exile-bashing in household media. This publication has room for all that poetry is: cultural historical past, symbolic capital, highbrow undertaking, social statement, emotional expression, tune and the materiality of language - artwork, in a observe.

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36 Perloff 1999: 72. Bibliographical detail for the following poetry samples is provided in chapters Five, Seven, Nine and Thirteen. 28 chapter one ... 58/ Thereupon I turn into my posterity and let the rain test if I am waterproof. Thereupon I turn into rain, and splash upon the bald head of an intellectual. Thereupon I turn into the intellectual, detesting the world and its ways, and I pick up a stone from the ground and hurl it at the oppressor. Thereupon I turn into stone and oppressor at the same time: when I am hit by me, that sets both of my brains roaring.

28 chapter one ... 58/ Thereupon I turn into my posterity and let the rain test if I am waterproof. Thereupon I turn into rain, and splash upon the bald head of an intellectual. Thereupon I turn into the intellectual, detesting the world and its ways, and I pick up a stone from the ground and hurl it at the oppressor. Thereupon I turn into stone and oppressor at the same time: when I am hit by me, that sets both of my brains roaring. Yu Jian’s poetry could hardly be more different from Xi Chuan’s.

One of the new trends was that of the Colloquial Poetry (ষ䇁䆫) associated with the Nanjingbased journal Them (ҪӀ), known for its low-key language usage and 22 Yeh 1991: ch 2, Schneider 1980. On Today and Obscure Poetry, from a plethora of commentary, see Soong & Minford 1984, Tian 1987, Yao 1989, He Yuhuai 1992: ch 7, Zhuang 1993, Patton 1994: ch 1, Chen Zhongyi 1996, Van Crevel 1996: ch 2 and 2007, Liao 1999: ch 5-6 and Liu He 2001. On the campaign and on poetry as one of its targets, see Pollard 1985, Larson 1989 and He Yuhuai 1992: ch 6; for some primary material, see Poetry Monthly 1983-12: 31ff.

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