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Jottings Under Lamplight

Jottings Under Lamplight


CHENG Eileen J.



Harvard University Press

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Paru le : 01 Septembre 2017
Pages : 329
EAN 13 : 9780674744257

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Un aperçu littéraire de la culture et de la société chinoise de 1918 à 1936
Pour toute personne familière avec la littérature chinoise Lu Xun ne nécessite aucune introduction alors nous allons plutôt vous parler des traductions et du livre en général.

Les essais présents ici sont magnifiquement bien traduits et les éditeurs ont fait l'excellent travail d'avoir séparé le livre en plusieurs sections avec des thèmes centraux tels que : Auto-Réflexions, In Memoriam, Sur la Tradition, Sur l'Art et la Littérature et Sur la Culture.

Les éditeurs fournissent également des notes et des informations utiles, ainsi que des images détaillées et des photographies qui permettent ainsi aux lecteurs de mieux comprendre les textes.

Le livre lui-même est absolument merveilleux!!!. Pour toute personne intéressée par la littérature et l'histoire de la Chine, ce livre est un must.
Coup de coeur du libraire
Lu Xun (1881–1936) is widely considered the greatest writer of twentieth-century China. Although primarily known for his two slim volumes of short fiction, he was a prolific and inventive essayist. Jottings under Lamplight showcases Lu Xun's versatility as a master of prose forms and his brilliance as a cultural critic with translations of sixty-two of his essays, twenty of which are translated here for the first time.

While a medical student in Tokyo, Lu Xun viewed a photographic slide that purportedly inspired his literary calling: it showed the decapitation of a Chinese man by a Japanese soldier, as Chinese bystanders watched apathetically. He felt that what his countrymen needed was a cure not for their physical ailments but for their souls. Autobiographical accounts describing this and other formative life experiences are included in Jottings, along with a wide variety of cultural commentaries, from letters, speeches, and memorials to parodies and treatises.

Lu Xun was remarkably well versed in Chinese tradition and playfully manipulated its ancient forms. But he also turned away from historical convention, experimenting with new literary techniques and excoriating the “slave mentality” of a population paralyzed by Confucian hierarchies. Tinged at times with notes of despair, yet also with pathos, humor, and an unparalleled caustic wit, Lu Xun's essays chronicle the tumultuous transformations of his own life and times, providing penetrating insights into Chinese culture and society.


Editors' Introduction: Lu Xun, the In-Between Critic
Part 1: Self-Reflections
I. Prefaces and Autobiographical Essays
Preface to Outcry (1923)
Preface to Inauspicious Star (1926)
Preface to Graves (1926)
Afterword to Graves (1926)
How “The True Story of Ah Q” Came About (1926)
In Reply to Mr. Youheng (1927)
Preface to Self-Selected Works (1933)
Preface to the English Edition of Selected Short Stories of Lu Xun (1933)
How I Came to Write Fiction (1933)
More Random Thoughts after Illness (excerpt) (1935)
Death (1936)
Preface to Essays from the Semi-Concessions (1937)

II. In Memoriam
Warriors and Flies (1925)
Roses without Blooms, Part II (excerpt) (1926)
In Memory of Liu Hezhen (1926)
Remembrance for the Sake of Forgetting (1933)
In Memory of Wei Suyuan (1934)
On “Gossip Is a Fearful Thing” (1935)
A Few Matters regarding Mr. Zhang Taiyan (1937)
A Few Matters Recalled in Connection with Mr. Zhang Taiyan (1937)
Part 2: Reflections on Culture

III. On Tradition
My Views on Chastity (1918)
Impromptu Reflections No. 38: On Arrogance and Inheritance (1918)
On Conducting Ourselves as Fathers Today (1919)
Before the Appearance of Geniuses (1924)
Jottings under Lamplight (1925)
On Looking at Things with Eyes Wide Open (1925)
Why “Fair Play” Should Be Deferred (1926)
Voiceless China (1927)
The Old Tunes Are Finished (1927)
Tablet (1928)
The Evolution of Men (1933)
Thinking of the Past Again (1933)
Curiosities (1934)
Confucius in Modern China (1935)

IV. On Art and Literature
Impromptu Reflections No. 43 (1919)
My Hopes for the Critics (1922)
Must-Read Books for Young People (1925)
This Is What I Meant (1925)
Old Books and the Vernacular (1926)
Literature in Times of Revolution (1927)
Miscellaneous Thoughts (1927)
The Divergence of Art and Politics (1928)
Literature and Revolution: A Reply (1928)
An Overview of the Present State of New Literature (1929)
A Glimpse at Shanghai Literature (1931)
On the “Third Type of Person” (1932)
The Most Artistic Country (1933)
The Crisis of the Small Essay (1933)

V. On Modern Culture
Impromptu Reflections No. 48 (1919)
Untitled (1922)
What Happens after Nora Walks Out (1924)
On Photography and Related Matters (1925)
Modern History (1933)
Lessons from the Movies (1933)
Shanghai Children (1933)
How to Train Wild Animals (1933)
Toys (1934)
The Glory to Come (1934)
The Decline of the Western Suit (1934)
Take-ism (1934)
Ah Jin (1936)
Written Deep into the Night (1936)
Lu Xun's Oeuvre
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