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How Not to Write a Hagiography for the Great Poet Du Fu 杜甫 in Contemporary China

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Jeudi 22 novembre 2018 de 17:15 à 18:45

Université Paris Diderot, salle 406B, Halle aux Farines

Contact : Shuang XU

M. Wang Ao’s research focuses primarily on Chinese poetry and its intersections with other literary genres and intellectual fields. He is the author of Spatial Imaginaries in Mid-Tang China : Geography, Cartography, and Literature (Cambria Press, 2018).

In this talk, he will discuss some common problems in the hagiographic mode of writing about The great Tang poet Du Fu杜甫 (712-770) in contemporary Chinese poetry. Then he will introduce some alternative approaches in two recent poems by Sun Wenbo 孫文波 (1959-) and Zang Di臧棣(1964-). These poems not only respond to Du Fu and hislegacy from new perspectives but also offer insights into the ever-present, problematic relationship between gushi 古詩 (classical poetry) and xinshi 新詩 (modern Chinese poetrywritten in the vernacular).