Colonized modernism: A study of the characteristics of Dai Wangshu’s modernist poetry

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Abstract

Urban uncanny is one of the major themes embodied in Western modernist literary works. Dai Wangshu is considered a Chinese modernist poet; however, he kept silence on the topic of city. I will suggest that these differences between Chinese modernist poetry and its Western counterparts were caused by the different nature of the cities. While the Western cities were metropolis; the modern cities in China were colonized cities. Dai Wangshu’s keeping quiet about the topic of city is, in fact, the means of expressing anti-colonialism. This study will exhibit the uniqueness of Chinese modernist poetry through elaborating the characteristics in Dai Wangshu’s poetry. Copyright © 2011 Korea Association of Chinese Language and Literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-331
JournalKorea Journal of Chinese Language and Literature
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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Modernist
Modernist Poetry
Metropolis
Poet
Anti-colonialism
Poetry
Uniqueness
Literary Works
Modern Cities
China

Citation

Au, C.-t. (2011). Colonized modernism: A study of the characteristics of Dai Wangshu’s modernist poetry. Korea Journal of Chinese Language and Literature, 1, 315-331.

Keywords

  • Dai Wangshu
  • Chinese modernist poetry
  • Colonialism
  • Colonial city