LYRICISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS: EXPLORING THREE DIMENSIONS OF MODERN CHINESE POETICS
Viewed in hindsight, shuqingzhuyi 'Lyricism' as a discursive practice is notorious in modern Chinese poetics. Both romanticists and realists, preachers of chunshi 'Pure Poetry' and advocates of dazhonghua shige 'Popular Poetry' have been obsessed with lyricism. However, from the late 1920s upward, so many dissidents cast doubts on the validity of lyricism that fanshuqingzhuyi 'anti-lyricism' became prevalent. Last but not least, the 1930s - 1940s witnessed the appearance of shendu shuqing 'deep lyrical' in the literary arena, which tended to undermine lyricism from a different hermeneutic framework. So far the scholarship in this field remains scanty although modern Chinese poetics invites a thorough treatment of the three dimensions; this paper is an attempt to investigate the above issues in hopes of expanding the critical horizon for the study of modern Chinese poetics.
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