The Routledge Companion to Yan Lianke

Riccardo Moratto (Editor), Yuen Fung Howard Choy (Editor)

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    Yan Lianke is one of the most important, prolific, and controversial writers in contemporary China.

    At the forefront of the “mythorealist” Chinese avant-garde and using absurdist humor and grotesque satire, Yan’s works have caught much critical attention not only in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan but also around the world. His critiques of modern China under both Mao-era socialism and contemporary capitalism draw on a deep knowledge of history, folklore, and spirituality.

    This companion presents a collection of critical essays by leading scholars of Yan Lianke from around the world, organized into some of the key themes of his work: Mythorealism; Absurdity and Spirituality; and History and Gender, as well as the challenges of translating his work into English and other languages. With an essay written by Yan Lianke himself, this is a vital and authoritative resource for students and scholars looking to understand Yan’s works from both his own perspective and those of leading critics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages572
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003144564
    ISBN (Print)9780367700980, 9780367700973
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2022

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Literature Companions


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