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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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(p.1) Introduction
Recite and Refuse

Nick Admussen

University of Hawai'i Press

The introduction reads a poem by Chen Dongdong in order to think through the libidinal and ethical motivations for genre study. It balances the urge to intervene, categorize, and create against the responsibility to artists, editors, and readers, ultimately finding that this conflict is best engaged using methodologies from translation, specifically Yan Fu’s concepts of fidelity, fluency, and elegance. This justifies the translation practice of the rest of the book, as well as the book’s mix of literary analysis, sociology, and history. The introduction ends with a brief summary of chapters one through five.

Keywords:   Translation, observation, composition, writing process, Chen Dongdong, Yan Fu, fidelity, fluency, elegance

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