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Voices in RevolutionPoetry and the Auditory Imagination in Modern China$
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John A. Crespi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833657

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833657.001.0001

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Inventing Recitation

Inventing Recitation

Poetry and the Idea of the Sounding Voice during the War of Resistance

Chapter 3 (p.69) Inventing Recitation
Voices in Revolution

John A. Crespi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the assumptions underlying the production of “recitation poetry” as an object of literary discourse, as well as the breakdown of these assumptions in later war-period poems. On the one hand, early wartime recitation poems and wartime writing on poetry recitation amplified the notions of vocal aesthetics and national interiority invented in the preceding decades, and in the case of works labeled “recitation poems” even vocalized a poetic soundscape of wartime geography. Midway through the war, however, one finds poems by leading practitioners of poetry recitation, such as Guang Weiran (Zhang Guangnian) and Gao Lan (Guo Dehao), which complicate and even undermine the imagined powers of poetic voice and sound.

Keywords:   recitation poetry, Chinese poetry, wartime recitation poems, Guang Weiran, Gao Lan

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