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"Gulliver's Travels" and "Ching-hua yuan" Revisited

  • Kartonierter Einband
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The similarity between Gulliver's Travels and Ching-hua yuan (Flowers in the Mirror ) is a popular topic of debate in Western... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

The similarity between Gulliver's Travels and Ching-hua yuan (Flowers in the Mirror ) is a popular topic of debate in Western-Chinese comparative literature. This book re-evaluates these studies and applies the newly rediscovered mode of Menippean satire to clarify their significance. The Menippean interpretation demonstrates that the resemblance of these two works is particularly meaningful; they each criticize their respective cultural traditions and the 'glorious philosophies' of their time. Furthermore, they do not attack human vices and social institutions in the manner of traditional satire. This study clarifies many of the controversial points critics have observed and argued over, and reveals the texts' typical Menippean characteristics.

Autorentext

The Author: An-chi Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the National Taiwan University in Taipei. She received a B.A. and an M.A. in Anglo-American Literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the National Taiwan University. Dr. Wang is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Pennsylvania State University.



Klappentext

The similarity between Gulliver's Travels and Ching-hua yuan (Flowers in the Mirror) is a popular topic of debate in Western-Chinese comparative literature. This book re-evaluates these studies and applies the newly rediscovered mode of Menippean satire to clarify their significance. The Menippean interpretation demonstrates that the resemblance of these two works is particularly meaningful; they each criticize their respective cultural traditions and the 'glorious philosophies' of their time. Furthermore, they do not attack human vices and social institutions in the manner of traditional satire. This study clarifies many of the controversial points critics have observed and argued over, and reveals the texts' typical Menippean characteristics.



Zusammenfassung
"Dr. An-chi Wang's lucid and cogent study analyzes a most important feature in Gulliver's Travels and Ching-hua yuan . What distinguishes her østudy! is the care with which she discusses the implications of Bakhtin's theory of Menippean satire for Chinese-Western comparative literature, and her alertness to political nuances. She explores the subject marvelously well, meticulously balancing textual evidence with persuasive explanations." (Ping-hui Liao, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
"A far-ranging survey of the Menippean satire; an ingenious presentation of a nineteenth-century Chinese classic in terms of the genre." (David D.W. Wang, Columbia University)

Produktinformationen

Titel: "Gulliver's Travels" and "Ching-hua yuan" Revisited
Untertitel: A Menippean Approach
Autor:
EAN: 9780820421391
ISBN: 978-0-8204-2139-1
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Peter Lang Ltd. International Academic Publishers
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Anzahl Seiten: 175
Jahr: 1995
Auflage: Neuausg.