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Popular Literature And Art,National Forms And The Re-Presentation Of Lyricism, Fan Nan 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Popular Literature And Art,National Forms And The Re-Presentation Of Lyricism, Fan Nan

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

In the 1930s and 1940s,debates about“popular literature and art”and“the‘national form’of literature”emerged successively in China. While affirming the popular and national literary forms,the literary form that Chinese intellectuals highly admired served as the“Other”in the debating discourse and thus it has never received positive theoretical account. This article intends to re-present this literary form through an integrated examination of cultural interest,class,and literary form. Thanks to the promotion of the May Fourth New Literature,the radical attitude of petty bourgeois culture and the general conceptualization of enlightenment,this literary form is ...


Recoding Postmodernist Art Criticism: The Debate Between Anti-Pluralism And Pluralism, Juanjuan Yang 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Recoding Postmodernist Art Criticism: The Debate Between Anti-Pluralism And Pluralism, Juanjuan Yang

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

While pluralism is considered politically correct today,this article tries to describe the trajectory of anti-pluralist criticism through some famous authors of October,specifically Hal Foster,who edited the seminal Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture. In the beginning of the 1980s,Foster categorized two types of postmodernism,one being the postmodernism of reaction and neo-conservatism,the other being postmodernism of resistance and post-structuralism. Aligning with the latter of the two types,major authors of October published a series of important essays to criticize “mainstream postmodernist art,” especially neo-expressionist paintings. However,during the same period,Arthur Danto claimed“the end of ...


Cabaret Voltaire Or Kabarett Voltaire? Three Breakthroughs Of The Concept Gesamtkunstwerk, Duozhi Chen 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Cabaret Voltaire Or Kabarett Voltaire? Three Breakthroughs Of The Concept Gesamtkunstwerk, Duozhi Chen

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

The birthplace of Dadaism in Switzerland is often simply translated into Chinese as “Voltaire Pub”. As an art salon, it actually finds its prototype in artists' pubs in Germany. The word “Cabaret” translated as “pub”, is also the general term for the entertaining variety shows therein,which originated in France. After its introduction into the German-speaking area, Cabaret became Kabarett and its cultural connotations and ways of presentations underwent great changes due to its collision with the avant-garde movement. Therefore, the simplified understanding of Cabaret as a pub downplays the significance of the Cabaret Voltaire in the history of modern ...


Writing Of Futurity: On Derrida's Hauntology, Yun Li 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Writing Of Futurity: On Derrida's Hauntology, Yun Li

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

In Spectres of Marx,Jacques Derrida answers the post-Levinasian question: how to respond to the Other. He claims that The Communist Manifesto has become an injunction of Marx,who requires our response. We have to respond to it and speak, as Marx does,in a non-metaphysical way. Since it is beyond the economy of re-presentation,writing does not produce presence. Thus,everything in it is spectral. But it takes us into l'avenir or futurity,a "spacing ( and) temporizing" different from the space-time produced by re-presentation,because it constitutes an "ethicality" which goes beyond the metaphysical subjective conquest of the ...


Post-Structural Theories And Chinese Feminist Criticism: On The Theorization Of Women's “Subjectivity” In The Cultural Studies Of Socialist China, Xi Liu 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Post-Structural Theories And Chinese Feminist Criticism: On The Theorization Of Women's “Subjectivity” In The Cultural Studies Of Socialist China, Xi Liu

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

Centering on the conceptualization of "subjectivity," this article first traces the post-structural theories' impact on as well as their complex relationship with Western feminism. It then explores the development of the theorization of “women 's subjectivity" in academic research on Chinese women and gender discourses in socialist China from the 1980s. By examining the application of three influential theorists,Louis Althusser,Michel Foucault,and Judith Butler,in the Chinese context,this article intends to show the complex genealogy of "appropriating" post-structural theories for different agendas of contemporary Chinese feminist criticism. Some scholars integrated post-structural ideas into liberal-humanist discourses; some employed ...


Narrative Of Habitus Distinction: From Fantasy Of Identity To Competition Of Elegance——Centering On The Image Of People Subject To Identity Transformations In Modern Fictions, Daizong Yu 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Narrative Of Habitus Distinction: From Fantasy Of Identity To Competition Of Elegance——Centering On The Image Of People Subject To Identity Transformations In Modern Fictions, Daizong Yu

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

Sociological or anthropological list of the habitus of people are from different classes,focusing on the strategy and function of habitus distinction in social struggles from the perspectives of political culture,economic level,and intergenerational reproduction. In contrast,modern fictions depict different forms of struggles from the perspectives of perceptual experience, emotional change,and taste preference. The narrative of habitus distinction in modern fictions shows the obstinacy of old habitus, the fragility of new habitus,and the aggressiveness of habitus in the struggles of classification. Its insight and aesthetic interpretation provide not only a more precise way but also a ...


Socialist-Realist Art From The Perspective Of Gaze Theory: An Inquiry From Filmology To Iconology, Ying Lu 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Socialist-Realist Art From The Perspective Of Gaze Theory: An Inquiry From Filmology To Iconology, Ying Lu

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

"Socialist-realist gaze," linking gaze and socialist realist literary thoughts,refers to the visual communication of heroic figures on the external points off the screen in shooting Chinese revolutionary films. Such gaze,being invisible and with shared sight,returns to Jacques Lacan's gaze theory because of its intersubjective functioning. During its generation and function, socialist-realist gaze breaks the limitation of pictorial space,extends the boundary of screen as a "quilting point," and connects characters and audiences with ideological truth. As a performative image behavior,it arouses and strengthens the empathy between the viewers and the hero.


Fables Agreed Upon:A Comparative Study Of New Historicism And Alternate History, Feng Li, Yitzhak Lewis 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Fables Agreed Upon:A Comparative Study Of New Historicism And Alternate History, Feng Li, Yitzhak Lewis

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

New Historicism and alternate history raise similar questions regarding history and ideology. New Historicism reads every text as an alternate history narrative,while the narrative mode in alternate history can inspire a nuanced understanding of the critical positions promoted by New Historicism. The paper offers a comparative study of the two in terms of their conceptualizations of historical narrative,intertextuality,narrativity,non-linear structure and spatiality. It seeks to create dialogues between different voices in both the critical theory and the literary genre with respect to their attention to mundane matters,their allusions to the present and projections of the future ...


“Birth Of New Things From Old Things”: The Dialectics Of Ding Ling's “Transformation” In The Left-Wing Literature Movement During The 1930s, Shujie Wu 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

“Birth Of New Things From Old Things”: The Dialectics Of Ding Ling's “Transformation” In The Left-Wing Literature Movement During The 1930s, Shujie Wu

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

Written in the summer of 1931,Ding Ling's Flood is considered to represent her turn to the left-wing. This was the result of Ding Ling's transformation in thought and the construction in the organized movement of the League of Left-wing Writers.With the dialectical materialist method of creation,Feng Xuefeng reinterpreted Flood,turning it into a practice of the "November Resolution". This established new space of discourse and path of practice for the cultural struggle of left-wing writers in the new situation.


A Study Of The Relationship Between Zhou Zuoren And Takeuchi Yoshimi As An Overseas Student In Beijing, Wanming Liu 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

A Study Of The Relationship Between Zhou Zuoren And Takeuchi Yoshimi As An Overseas Student In Beijing, Wanming Liu

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

From 1937 to 1939,Takeuchi Yoshimi studied in Beijing as an overseas student. During this time,he had adeveloped deep understanding of literature's inefficacy when confronted with Japanese invaders' political violence. At the sametime,through befriending Zhou Zuoren,Takeuchi was deeply affected by him,especially regarding his views on the relationshipbetween literature and politics,national character,cultural subjectivity,and modernization of East Asia. In the end,Zhou Zuoren became a bridge for Takeuchi Yoshimi to Lu Xun. By using the two key words,"ghost" and "sorrow of the East Asia people",to connect Zhou Zuoren and Lu Xun,Takeuchi ...


On The Relationship Between The Morality Advocating Campaign In The Qing Dynasty And Popular Novels, Caixun Chen 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

On The Relationship Between The Morality Advocating Campaign In The Qing Dynasty And Popular Novels, Caixun Chen

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

Through the nationwide Morality Advocating Campaign,the Qing government brought novels into cultural management, which had a profound influence on the creation and dissemination of the novel. In such a political and cultural ecology, censership and banning of novels,which had formed an important part of the social Morality Advocating Campaign,became a top- down,national cultural conscious action in Qing Dynasty. On the one hand,in order to enhance the effect of advocating morality, some“moralist scholars”intentionally fictionized the moral-instruction books. On the other hand,some novelists consciously utilized popular novels to implement persuasion in order to cooperate ...


A Comparison Of The Two Historical Narrative Approaches To Qi Baishi's “Late Life Transformation”, Zhongyi Xia 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

A Comparison Of The Two Historical Narrative Approaches To Qi Baishi's “Late Life Transformation”, Zhongyi Xia

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

The two historical narrative approaches to Qi Baishi's “late-life transformation” could be referred to as “the Sovietperspective” and “the non-Soviet perspective”. The former is characterized by “framing history with theory” and “substitutinghistory with theory”,while the latter “confirming theory with historical facts” and “constructing theory with historical facts”.Following the thread “constructing theory with historical facts”,one must valorize The Autobiography of Qi Baishi, because itssimple summary of “late-life transformation” is reliable as “history”,and as theory it is also superbly profound,which can shedlight on the absurdity of the Soviet perspective “framing history with theory”. Likewise,by following ...


Cento: The Categorizing Feature And Fictional Function Of Verse In The Vernacular Stories Of The Song And Yuan Dynasties, Chuyan Ye 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Cento: The Categorizing Feature And Fictional Function Of Verse In The Vernacular Stories Of The Song And Yuan Dynasties, Chuyan Ye

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

In the vernacular stories of the Song and Yuan dynasties,centos of poems or ci-poems not only appear in the beginning of the story as a lead-in,but also widely exist in the rhymed texts of other parts. Judging by its content and form,the performance of centos is closely related to the art form of hesheng (a form of rhyme created upon sighting anything) in the Song and Yuan Dynasties. According to the audience's familiarity with the rhymed text,and the story-teller's categorization of knowledge and utilization of techniques,the centos in the story-telling scripts can be ...


The Aesthetics Of Witheredness And Artistic Creations In The Song Dynasty, Yun Dong 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

The Aesthetics Of Witheredness And Artistic Creations In The Song Dynasty, Yun Dong

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

In the Song dynasty,witheredness (ku) came to be the representation of a particular type of beauty,with the withered objects regarded as the object of aesthetic interest. The taste for witheredness manifests in various forms such as cold and thin,sparse and plain,old and strange,epitomizing the ancient-emulating aesthetics of the Song dynasty. Besides literary texts highlighting the withered objects,literati paintings constitute a unique world characterized by witheredness popularized with examples of withered objects such as dead trees,aged plum trees,and thin bamboos. The aesthetics for the withered reflects the taste and spiritual pursuit of the ...


Anthologies Of Ancient Chinese Fiction Compiled By Western Sinologists And The Construction Of The Literary Style Of Fiction, Lijuan Song 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Anthologies Of Ancient Chinese Fiction Compiled By Western Sinologists And The Construction Of The Literary Style Of Fiction, Lijuan Song

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

Anthologies of ancient Chinese fiction compiled by Western Sinologists are an important channel for their textualization in the West. These fictive works exist mainly in three forms: selected translations of ancient Chinese fiction,selected works of Chinese literature,and histories of Chinese literature. Being translations,samples and selections at the same time,these texts also feature functions of in-betweenness,exhibition and criticism. Through translation,exhibition and criticism,those anthologies have not only textualized ancient Chinese fiction in the West,but also investigate Chinese fiction from Western perspective, which,regarding issues of translation,origin,and types of Chinese fiction,facilitated the ...


Yang Weizhen And The Changes Of Poetics In Late Yuan Dynasty, Fang Ding 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Yang Weizhen And The Changes Of Poetics In Late Yuan Dynasty, Fang Ding

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

The history of poetry in Yuan dynasty is usually divided into three periods. In the early Yuan period,the poetic style of late Tang dynasty and late Song dynasty was prevalence. In the middle-Yuan period,the high Tang style was emulated,as was represented by the so-called the Four Great Yuan Poets who were officials and served in the court. Yang Weizhen,an influential poet in late Yuan dynasty for his poetics,however,advocated the Six-Dynasty poetry as well as the works of Li Po,Li Ho,Tao Yuanming,Wei Yingwu,Liu Zongyuan,Du fu,Li Shangyin,etc. Yang Weizhen ...


An Analysis Of Chinese Fiction's Impact On The Joseon Conception Of Fiction, Weiguo Zhao 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

An Analysis Of Chinese Fiction's Impact On The Joseon Conception Of Fiction, Weiguo Zhao

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

Based on the literature of Goryeo and Joseon fiction,this article aims to study ancient Korean fictive works written in Chinese,and explores the conception of early Goryeo and Joseon fiction from the lens of its reception of Chinese understanding of fiction. With the wide spread of fictive works such as Taiping Guangji and Jiandeng Xinhua on the Korean Peninsula,Goryeo and Joseon scholars began to understand and consciously create fiction. Then,Seo Geojung and Yi Seungso,who inherited the Confucian conception of fiction,put forward the“jesting theory”and“completing history theory”. These ideas not only laid the foundation ...


Narratives Of Journey To The West In Overseas Sinology, Hongbo Zhu, Xinxin Wang 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

Narratives Of Journey To The West In Overseas Sinology, Hongbo Zhu, Xinxin Wang

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

Since the mid20th century, in Japan, as well as some European and American countries, studies of Journey to the West have started to emerge, which, with rich content and fruitful achievements, are in themselves narratives of overseas Sinology on this novel. Besides being an important part of overseas Sinology, they are also an extension to the modern study of Journey to the West in China, which testifies to the significance of cultural exchange in the process of “Chinese culture going West”. At the same time, through examining and interpreting Journey to the West from the perspective of global and ...


The Narrative Tension In Japanese Collection Of Pseudo-Biography Kikai Gisenden, Dongbo Bian 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

The Narrative Tension In Japanese Collection Of Pseudo-Biography Kikai Gisenden, Dongbo Bian

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

"Kikai gisenden" is the only extant Japanese collection of pseudo-biography written in classical Chinese, which includes biographies for everyday utensils in the light of "viewing history as play" and "regarding object as man." These pseudo-biographies focus on the features of the utensils in narrative, while pointing to the nature of "recluse" and "immortality" of the characters. These aims in the pseudo-biographies both exhibit the influence from the biographical writing of recluses and immortal beings in Chinese tradition and manifest Japanese elements in its narrative through the use of Japanese imageries and words. Kikai gisenden provides an important text for the ...


On Allegory, Metaphor, And Allegorical Interpretation, Longxi Zhang 2021 Theoretical Studies in Literature and Arts

On Allegory, Metaphor, And Allegorical Interpretation, Longxi Zhang

Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art

In the 4th and 5th centuries B.C., the rise of philosophy challenged the authority of Homer and many philosophers, notably Plato, dismissed Homer and poetry in the quarrel between poetry and philosophy. Some other philosophers, however, particularly the Stoics, came to the defence of Homer by proposing the idea of allegory and arguing that the Homeric epics contained a spiritual meaning beyond the literal sense of the text. Similarly, the Song of Songs in the Bible was also questioned by both Jewish rabbis and Christian interpreters because of its sensual language and eroticism. It was again allegorical interpretation that ...


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