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Agents of May Fourth. Jing Yinyu, Xu Zhongnian, and the Early Introduction of Modern Chinese Literature in France

Paolo Magagnin    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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Jing Yinyu (1901-1931?) and Xu Zhongnian (1904-1981) played a pivotal role in the dissemination of modern Chinese literature in France at the turn of the 1930s. Best known as Lu Xun’s first translator into a Western language and a friend of Romain Rolland’s, Jing compiled the Anthologie des conteurs chinois modernes in 1929. In his Anthologie de la littérature chinoise. Des origines à nos jours, published in 1932, Xu also devoted a section to recent literary developments. By analyzing the nature of the two projects, the translated corpora, and their paratexts, I will describe the features of Jing’s and Xu’s dissemination of May Fourth literature in France and scrutinize their artistic and ideological stance vis-à-vis the new literary scene. Ultimately, I will attempt to pinpoint in what terms the two scholars-cum-translators’ agency contributed to foreign readers’ awareness of the cultural, social and political experience of the May Fourth Movement.

Published
Dec. 21, 2020
Accepted
July 20, 2020
Submitted
May 21, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-494-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-465-3

Keywords: May Fourth MovementJing YinyuXu ZhongnianInstitut Franco-chinois de LyonAgents of translationModern Chinese literature

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