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By Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... Yan Lianke literature social critique ...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-001
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
...Translator's Introduction In this Introduction, the volume's translator, Carlos Rojas, provides an overview of Yan Lianke's life and career. The introduction focuses in particular on two opinion pieces that Yan Lianke published in the New York Times in 2013 and 2014, both of which appear...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-011
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... Drawing on a variety of foreign authors such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kafka, and Camus, in this essay Yan Lianke reflects on the potential contrast between the living conditions under which an author finds himself or herself, and the qualities that the author upholds through his or her...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-003
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke reflects on a phenomenon that he calls national amnesia, in which a people (and Yan Lianke focuses here on China) are encouraged to forget issues relating to earlier crises or social traumas, such as China's Great Famine in the late 1950s or the June Fourth Tiananmen...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-002
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... This is the full text of Yan Lianke's acceptance speech upon receiving the Franz Kafka Prize in 2014 (an abbreviated version of the speech was published in the New York Times in 2014, but this is the first time that the full text of speech is appearing in English). It is inspired by a story...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-004
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke reflects on a phenomenon that he calls literary abjection, which involves the ways in which literary production in contemporary China is constrained by political and institutional forces, and the ways in which these constraints help shape the literary works...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-005
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke reflects on the impact that American literature had on the Chinese literary scene in the 1980s and 1990s. As a result of the policies associated with the Reform and Opening Up campaign that began in 1978, this was a period when a large amount of foreign literature...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-010
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke reflects on the conditions of literary production in contemporary China, and specifically on the combined influence of centralized power, on one hand, and relative laxity, on the other. He notes that, in contrast to the more constrained conditions that one found...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-014
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this afterword, Yan Lianke reflects on the changes that both he and China have undergone in the decade since he originally gave the lectures on which this volume is based. He notes that if he were writing this book today, there are many things that he would have said differently or would...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-008
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke offers a more detailed discussion of the challenges of writing literature in contemporary China, particularly the relationship between the national censorship system and parallel practices of institutional censorship and self-censorship. He emphasizes the degree...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke turns his attention to his own literary works and his more general writing practice. He notes the particular challenge of writing fiction in contemporary China, when reality is often more absurd than the most absurd scenarios that fictional authors could come up...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-013
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke begins with several anecdotes from his childhood to describe how, when he was young, his life objectives included yearning to eat well, yearning for people's respect, and yearning for “modern urban civilization,” and how it was the combination of these ideals...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke reflects on the regime of literary censorship in contemporary China. He notes that this regime has not only affected what he is able to publish in China, but has also helped shape the way that he is perceived, particularly by foreign readers. He emphasizes that although...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-009
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... This essay offers a very personal reflection of the ways in which Yan Lianke's encounters with power have helped shape his position as an author and his literary output. Examples include the ways in which he himself was viewed as being someone in a position of power by virtue of his position...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059387-012
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
... In this essay, Yan Lianke begins with several anecdotes from his childhood to describe how, when he was young, his life objectives included yearning to eat well, yearning for people's respect, and yearning for “modern urban civilization,” and how it was the combination of these ideals...
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
Book Chapter

By Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
Book Chapter

By Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
Book Chapter

By Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7
Book Chapter

By Yan Lianke, Carlos Rojas
Series: Sinotheory
Published: 22 March 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5938-7