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Recite and RefuseContemporary Chinese Prose Poetry$
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Nick Admussen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824856526

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824856526.001.0001

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Semi-Orthodox Prose Poetry

Semi-Orthodox Prose Poetry

Liu Zaifu

半正统散文诗 :刘再复告别散文诗‎

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(p.103) Chapter Four Semi-Orthodox Prose Poetry
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Recite and Refuse
Author(s):

Nick Admussen

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824856526.003.0005

Chapter four is a close reading of Liu Zaifu, a poet, scholar and essayist who wrote prose poetry throughout the 1980s. In the early 1980s, Liu Zaifu continued prose poetry's tradition of finding a place for the subjective and the aesthetic in the world of socialist prose. The first part of the chapter engages with his aesthetic and social philosophy, and uses that engagement to translate and read his best-known work, “Reading the Sea.” The second half of the chapter traces the impact of Liu's 1989 exile on his work. Liu’s post-exile works, published in Hong Kong, reveal the connection between prose poetry and the Chinese mainland context: once he leaves, Liu stops writing prose poetry in favor of literary essays. His work and his career therefore provide a crucial commentary on the line between orthodox and unorthodox prose poetry, and between prose poetry and other prose.

Keywords:   Liu Zaifu, socialist, essay, exile, 1989, 1980s, Reading the Sea, Hong Kong, Mainland

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