Posted: August 24th, 2012 | No Comments »
Most delighted that we’ve got the RAS Shanghai-Hong Kong University Press China Monographs series launched with this great book on Lao She’s time in London from Anne Witchard at University of Westminster. I do hope it appeals to plenty of you China Rhymers – go to the HKUP web site and there’s a 20% discount for online orders…
Lao She in London
RAS China in Shanghai series
August 2012 188 pp. 14 b/w illus.
Paperback ISBN 978-988-8139-60-6 HK$120 / US$18.00
“A beautifully written book that combines literary biography with a remarkably succinct account of British modernism and an evocative portrait of interbellum London, as viewed through Chinese eyes. Anne Witchard reminds us eloquently of the key role played by Chinese influences—both classical and modern—in literary modernism, and makes a great contribution to our understanding of Lao She’s London years.” — Julia Lovell, Birkbeck College, University of London
- Contributes to the rethinking of modernism as an event ‘outside the boundaries of a single language, a single historical moment, or a single national formation.
- Lao She (老舍), one of China’s great modern writers, was uniquely positioned in his encounters with significant conditions of modernity, race and nationhood, both in Britain and in China.
- Reveals Lao She’s encounter with British high modernism and literature from Dickens to Conrad to Joyce, during the four years he spent in London.
Anne Witchard is a lecturer in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster.