The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories
Flash Fiction from Contemporary China
Edited by Shouhua Qi
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Pearl Jacket and Other Stories by Shouhua Qi
Book Description"Modern Chinese fiction ...looks to have made a great leap towards the bookshelves of [Western] readers."-Guardian Hugely popular in China, flash fiction is poised to be the most exciting new development in contemporary Chinese literature in a decade. Integrating both vernacular and contemporary styles while embracing new technologies such as text messaging (SMS) and blogging, contemporary Chinese flash fiction represents the voice of a civilization at the brink of a startling and unprecedented transformation. This collection features 120 short-short stories (from 100 to 300 words each), written by some of China's most dynamic and versatile authors. Dong Rui's The Pearl Jacket offers a glimpse of the real and surreal in human evolution, Chen Qiyou's Butterfly Forever brings an ancient Chinese literary motif into a startling modern context, while Liu Jianchao's Concerned Departments mocks the staggering complexity of life in the new urban China. Traditional, experimental, and avant-garde, The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories will reinvigorate the position of young Chinese writers as a major presence in contemporary literature. Their voices breathe new energy into modern Chinese literature, leaving the literary and societal stagnation of the Cultural Revolution behind as a distant memory. Shouhua Qi is an associate professor of English at Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories and When the Purple Mountain Burns. He is one of the foremost experts (and translators) of the novels of Thomas Hardy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781933330624
(180mm x 155mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Stone Bridge Press
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Shouhua Qi
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Western Literature in China and the Translation of a Nation, Hardback (February 2012)» View all books by Shouhua Qi
This book studies the reception history of Western literature in China from the 1840s to the present. Qi explores the socio-historical contexts and the contours of how Western literature was introduced, mostly through translation and assesses its transformative impact in the cultural, literary as well as sociopolitical life of modern China.
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Author Biography - Shouhua Qi
Shouhua Qi is Associate Professor of English at Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories (Long River Press, 2006) and When the Purple Mounain Burns (Long River Press, 2005). He is also the leading Chinese expert and translator on the novels of Thomas Hardy.
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