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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 269–288.
Published: 01 September 2018
... cognition. Yet constructing Chinese literary theoretical discourse should discriminate among and examine various contemporary Western literary theories, actively draw on its useful achievements and experiences, and return to Chinese literary practice in an overall way. It is also necessary to adhere...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 249–267.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Wang Ning Abstract Of all the Western critical theories received in China, French theories have exerted the greatest influence on China’s literary theory and criticism. Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist philosophy and literary theory have had tremendous influence not only on China’s contemporary...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 527–552.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Tim Dean Abstract This essay considers the “descriptive turn” in literary studies from the vantage point of poetics, arguing that the history of Western poetry, from the Greeks to the present, offers through the category of epideixis a theory and practice of description that illuminates some...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 323–340.
Published: 01 September 2018
... goal is political and social critique. Zhang targets, as a central issue in those left-leaning or neo-Marxist theories, the trespassing of traditional perimeters of literary and cultural criticism to intervene in the broad political and social realms of the contemporary (Western) world...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 289–307.
Published: 01 September 2018
... regarding the future of literature. For those scholars, the Western context of Miller’s theory is not important, or at least not a main concern. They care more about Miller’s ominous declaration, which has made many eager to demonstrate the reasons for literature’s survival, which include “emotion...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 309–322.
Published: 01 September 2018
...,” address the interchange between Chinese and Western literary theories. What transpires from these essays is that all Western theories, when “traveling” to China, assume “Chinese characteristics,” reflecting changing historical and ideological conditions but also the vector of influence running...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 2008
... Chinese.” 3  On the development of contemporary Chinese literature under the Western influence see Wang Ning, “Confronting Western Influence: Rethinking Chinese Lit- erature of the New Period,” New Literary History 24 (1993): 905 – 26. Wang Rethinking Modern Chinese Literature 3...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 341–353.
Published: 01 September 2018
... research institution, Zhang’s position is a highly significant one. He has published extensively in almost all the leading Chinese journals on issues of Western literary theory and criticism and contemporary Chinese literary criticism. Different versions of his essay for MLQ have been published widely...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 March 2010
... be applicable to non-Western literary and cultural phenomena. Similarly, any theory produced in a non-Western context, if it hopes to move from a periph- eral to a central position, must first be “discovered” by Western aca- deme and reconstituted in English. The same requirements apply to literary...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (1): 29–44.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Ming Dong Gu Although Lu Xun (1881–1936) produced all his literary works in a period that coincided with the heyday of Western modernism (1910–30), scholars both inside and outside China have made few attempts to study them in the international context of the modernist movement. Because of Lu Xun's...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (4): 345–382.
Published: 01 December 1994
... between aesthetic theory, literary practice, and anthropological research. The ramifications of this historical confluence persist even into contemporary literary criticism. Nineteenth-century narratives were already accommodating either an anthropologically oriented character-Balzac’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (2): 237–240.
Published: 01 June 2018
... the canonical status of its Enlightenment, Renaissance, or classical predecessors, Hack argues, African American writers positioned themselves in a field of literary production contemporary with or nearly contemporary with the Victorians they engaged, rather than hark back to a codified Western canon...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 393–399.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of modernist style and magical realism seemed to us stale compared to revitalized centers of realist work, especially for non-Western and nonwhite writers. 1 We were attempting not to do a simple trend analysis based on “novels out there” in the 2010 market or on the contemporary syllabus but to respond...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (3): 255–268.
Published: 01 September 2012
... European or Soviet- style realisms might be regarded either as defeudalizing literary solvents or as alien Western impositions. Modern- ist forms, by contrast, offered access to Western cultural prestige and the means to assemble different types of cultural materials (high and low, indigenous...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (1): 1–12.
Published: 01 March 2016
..., epistles, hymns, odes, eclogues, and monodramas considered lyric in the Western tradition before the early nineteenth century were not lyric in the same sense as the poetry that we think of as lyric” (Jackson 2008 : 183) risks undermining a good point by overstating a problem. Once we grant the argument...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2002) 63 (1): 89–118.
Published: 01 March 2002
... things, a Chinese version known as Maoism. Though 12 Li Tuo, a Chinese critic active in the 1980s, celebrates avant-garde experi- mental fiction as a “resistance to Mao style discourse.” But he is not enthusiastic about the literary fashions drawing primarily on newly imported Western theories...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (1): 31–40.
Published: 01 March 1993
... (no, the ontologizing) of negativity ensures a hopeless disorientation. Among the circumstances of historical postmodernity, two are most pertinent to the discourses that shape literary history. One is the globalization of human affairs. A “being with other cultures” makes the Western literary past more...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (4): 473–498.
Published: 01 December 2021
... holds that theories of heterotemporality catapult non-Western nations into modernity by a sleight of hand. “Although the thesis of heterotemporality presents itself as a rejection of the universalizing teleological narrative of Western capitalist modernity,” Pheng Cheah ( 2016 : 13–14) writes...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (4): 511–514.
Published: 01 December 1998
...; his two earlier books, Wittgenstein and Derrida and Nietzsche’s Voice, barely mention literary texts.2 The emotion Staten traces now is the persistent Western disgust with the body as vehicle of death. If “mourning . . . [is] the agitation that is set off in the soul by . . . losing what we...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1941) 2 (3): 355–362.
Published: 01 September 1941
... these years of violent upheaval, the world was reshaped. If the changes were less sudden and complete than may be suggested by the im- plied metaphor of the word Renaissance, the conditions of life and thought in western Europe differed so radically by the mid-seven- teenth century from those...