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Posts Tagged: Chinese literature

Facing Reality in China’s “Ultra-Unreal” Literature

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A literary movement aiming to express the surrealist daily life of modern China (a reality that can’t be captured by traditional genres like satire or horror) is giving the next generation of Chinese authors the opportunity to subtly critique their surroundings without government backlash. Author Ning Ken calls this new genre choahuan, or ultra-unreal, which […]

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Meet the Oldest Multicolor Printed Book

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At Hyperallergic, Allison Meier offers a history of the oldest multicolor printed book, recently digitized and published online by the Cambridge University Library system. The manual [the 17th-century Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu)] is the earliest known book with polychrome xylography, where each image involved several printing blocks with […]

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A Ghost Story’s Ghost Story

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Everyone loves a good ghost story, and one of the most popular ghost stories in the Chinese literary canon is that of Li Huiniang, a cruelly executed concubine who fights for justice from beyond the grave. At the Appendix, Maggie Greene tells the tale’s history in reverse, from a hugely popular 1981 movie version all the […]

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