The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 1.9 X 9.3 inches | 2.2 pounds
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About the Author

Yunte Huang is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of Transpacific Displacement.


This is the first anthology to give adequate attention to the diverse, challenging literary currents of the past three decades, when writers built on and expanded the literary creativity of the first half of the twentieth century. With the help of this volume, we see the dry spell of the Mao period as merely an enforced interlude in a century of creative ferment.--Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
These writings belong to no single canon, obey no single aesthetic or ideological code, advance no one agenda. They are simply the equipment that helped three generations of Chinese men and women find their way through the dangerous twentieth century, and to read through it is to join them on their journey.--Haun Saussy, University Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
An excellent collection.--Liz Carter
[A] worthwhile anthology .... that manages to combine the established canon with less-well-known selections.... [Its] breadth and variety...will, one hopes, encourage new readers to explore more Chinese literature in full translations.--Julia Lovell
[A] big, groundbreaking introduction [to modern Chinese literature] eye-opening success.--Steve Donoghue
[A] superb and suitably massive compendium of Chinese literature that stretches from the downfall of the Qing dynasty in 1912 to the present....A treasure trove for any reader interested in Chinese literature.