Is a History of Chinese Literature Possible?:
Towards the Birth of Chinese Literary Criticism


Wolfgang Kubin (Hg.)


ORIENTIERUNGEN [23. Jg.], Themenheft 2011
edition global, München
Paperback (21,0 x 14,7 cm), iii + 212 Seiten
Dezember 2013. € 15,00
ISBN-13: 978-3-946114-16-1 (9783946114161) ISBN-10: 3-946114-16-4 (3946114164) [alt: ISBN-13: 978-3-922667-16-2 (9783922667162) ISBN-10: 3-922667-16-3 (3922667163)]
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Four internationally renowned scholars – three from Germany, one from China – attempt to define origin and essence of literary criticism in modern and contemporary China. Literary criticism in China may have started several hundred years ago, when Chinese literati discussed numerous aspects of Chinese literature. This issue, however, focuses on modern times, the recent century. Many views will be controversial or even provocative. Nevertheless, the contributors’ aim lies not in blaming literary criticism in modern China but in igniting a discussion about the possibility of writing a history of Chinese literature in China.

(Themenheft 2011 der Zeitschrift ORIENTIERUNGEN: Zeitschrift zur Kultur Asiens, hrsg. von Berthold Damshäuser und Wolfgang Kubin, Universität Bonn)

Wolfgang Kubin
   Foreword [1-2]
Karl-Heinz Pohl
   Continuities and Discontinuities in Chinese Literary Criticism: From the Pre-Modern into the Modern Period [3]
Xiao Ying 肖鹰 (*1962)
   The Key of Chinese Literary Criticism: The Transformation from the Classical to the Modern
   ‒ Wang Guowei’s Introduction of Humanistic Poetics [27-64]
Wolfgang Kubin
   Is a Chinese History of Chinese Literature Possible?
   Some Preliminary Remarks about the Problem of (Re)-Writing Literary History in China [65-81]
Thomas Zimmer
   Exploring the Limits and Possibilities of Literary Criticism in China after 1949 [82-119]
Wolfgang Kubin
   A Commonwealth of Chinese Literature, or What Should Belong to the History of Chinese Literature in Modern Times? [120-131]
Wolfgang Kubin
   Castles, Churches, Common Halls: How to Present Chinese Literature Abroad [132-141]