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The Play of Intertextuality: A Stylistic Feature of Qian Zhongshu's Literary Writings

Zhang Longxi, City University of Hong Kong

As arguably the most erudite scholar in modern China, Qian Zhongshu is mainly known for his massive commentaries on Chinese classics and Chinese literature, Guan zhui bian or Limited Views and Tan yi lu or Discourses on the Art of Literature, but he is no less accomplished as a writer of fiction and literary prose. Like his scholarly writing, his literary writing also displays an intensely intertexual dialogue between Chinese and European traditions, and there are comparisons, parodies, imbedded allusions, and explicit references to works of European literature and culture that combine to create a special stylistic feature and a special voice in Qian’s works. Using his novel Fortress Besieged and his short stories and prose works, this paper explores the different aspects of Qian’s multi-layered intertextuality, and tries to explicate Qian’s literary works from a comparative perspective. 

Monday, May 05, 2014 | 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
521 Memorial Way

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures