Shanghai Literary Imaginings

A City in Transformation

Lena Scheen

Shanghai Literary Imaginings

Lena Scheen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

304 pages | 11 color plates, 3 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789089645876 Published September 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This book draws on a wide range of methods—including approaches from literary studies, cultural studies, and urban sociology—to analyze the transformation of Shanghai through rapid growth and widespread urban renewal. Lena Scheen explores the literary imaginings of the city, its past, present, and future, in order to understand the effects of that urban transformation on both the psychological state of Shanghai’s citizens and their perception of the spaces they inhabit.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Conventions
 
Introduction
Shanghai Literary Imaginings: The City of Feeling Rising out of the City of Fact
The City of Fact
A City in Transformation
Literature in Shanghai and Shanghai in Literature
This Book
 
1 Mappings
Drawing Mental Maps of Memories
Mapping Shanghai
 “City Map”: The Series and the Authors
Literary Maps and Mental Maps
Mapping Memories
A Mental Map of Hongkou
Concluding Remarks
 
2 Seduction
Reproducing the City as Femme Fatale
Weihui and Ge Hongbing: Life and Works
Critical Reception: Selling Her Body and Selling His Intellect
A Complicated Love Affair: Shanghai and the Femme Fatale
Weihui: The Screaming Body of a Shanghai Babe
Ge Hongbing: Whispering Souls on a Sandbed
An Imagined Love Affair: Coco and Zhuge
Concluding Remarks
 
3 Nostalgia
Restoring Old Buildings to Rewrite the Past
Wang Anyi and Chen Danyan: Life and Works
Shanghai Nostalgia: A Culture of Reappearance
Wang Anyi: The Song of Everlasting Sorrow of Shanghai’s Longtang
Chen Danyan: The Literary Preservation of Shanghai Memorabilia
Concluding Remarks
 
4 Escape
Mian Mian and Jin Haishu: Life and Works
Transformation and the Notion of Escape
Mian Mian: Escape into the Crowd
Jin Haishu: Escape into the Garbage Dump
Mian Mian and Jin Haishu: Escape into the Bathroom
Concluding Remarks
 
In Conclusion
The Shape of a City Changes Faster than the Human Heart Can Tell
 
Glossar y
Works Cited
Index
List of Figures
 
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