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- DescriptionThis book investigates the poetics of three of the most internationally rewned contemporary Chinese poets - Bei Dao, Yang Lian and Duoduo - who were all exiled from China after the 1989 Tiananmen student movement. Their poetry was later to be labelled 'Misty poetry' (Menglongshi). Emphasising polyvalent imagery and irregular syntax, Misty poetry engenders a multiplicity of meanings, often leading to interpretational indeterminacy. This book examines three aspects of the 'Mistiness' of the poets' oeuvre: the socio-historic background where Misty poets live and write; imagery; and linguistic elements. After first identifying the roots of Mistiness, this book identifies imagistic and linguistic clues in order to construct a hermeneutical system that examines the irregularities of the Misty poetics and appreciates the polysemy of the poets' works. Stylometry is used to analyse image frequency and its significance in a stylistic manner, and a semiotic approach is then systematically applied to analyse the poets' highly irregular images, syntax and the different effects of their poems' obscurity. Through these approaches that unveil the poems' evocativeness, the irregularity of the poetry's Mistiness is established as its most powerful linguistic and imagistic aspect. The book then places the three poets' different misty characteristics into contrast: Bei Dao's twisted imagery and elliptical syntax, Yang's imagery in a classically-inspired syntax, and Duoduo's integration of images into a rhythmic syntax. While the poets' progressions from pre- to post-exile poetics suggest the potential of a n-nationally specific, or borderless poetics, their seemingly irregular poetic Mistiness is the most powerful trait of Misty poetry for evoking its system of multifaceted significations and alternative aesthetics.
- Author BiographyChee Lay Tan completed his doctorate in Oriental Studies (Chinese Literature) at St John's College, Cambridge University, specializing in Chinese poetry and exile poets. He was awarded the coveted Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2004 and the Singapore Youth Award (Culture and the Arts), the highest accolade for young people, in 2006. A former tutor of the Chinese Language Elective Programme, he is currently an Assistant Professor in Chinese at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and is the Deputy Executive Director of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (http://www.sccl.sg). Chee Lay has published and edited over 20 creative writing and academic books, including Chu Ren Yi Liao, Ru Wen Yi Zhong [The Unexpectedness of Literature] (2009); A Delicate Touch: Essays on Chinese Influences and Chinese Genres (2010); Teaching of Chinese Language and Literature in Singapore (2011); From Practice to Practical: Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language (2011); Modern Chinese Literature and its Pedagogy (2013); and Deep Teaching: The Teaching Practices and Reflections of Singapore's Chinese Language Master Teachers (2015).
- Author(s)Chee Lay Tan
- PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Date of Publication15/01/2016
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Weight540 g
- Width148 mm
- Height212 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
- Edition Statement1st Unabridged
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