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By Liu Jianmei

it is a strong account of the way the wreck and resurrection of Zhuangzi in sleek China's literary historical past correspond to the increase and fall of contemporary chinese language individuality. Liu Jianmei highlights primary philosophical subject matters of Zhuangzi: absolutely the non secular freedom as provided within the bankruptcy of "Free and simple Wandering" and the rejection of absolute and stuck perspectives on correct and fallacious as obvious within the bankruptcy of "On the Equality of Things." She argues the 20th century reinterpretation and appropriation of those vital philosophical topics top testify to the difficulty and inner-struggle of recent chinese language intellectuals. within the cultural surroundings during which chinese language writers and students have been operating, the pursuit of person freedom in addition to the extra tolerant and multifaceted cultural mentality has continually been downplayed, suppressed, or criticized.

By addressing numerous glossy chinese language writers, together with Guo Moruo, Hu Shi, Lu Xun, Zhou Zuoren, Lin Yutang, Fei Ming, Liu Xiaofeng, Wang Zengqi, Han Shaogong, Ah Cheng, Yan Lianke, and Gao Xingjian, the writer offers an insightful and fascinating examine of the way they've got embraced, rejected, and again to historical idea and the way the spirit of Zhuangzi has illuminated their writing and considering during the turbulent eras of recent China. This ebook not just explores sleek chinese language writers' complex courting with "tradition," but additionally sheds mild on if the liberty of independence, non-participation, and roaming and the extra encompassing cultural area encouraged by means of Zhuangzi's spirit have been allowed to exist within the glossy chinese language literary context. concerning the interaction among philosophy, literature, and background, Liu delineates a ignored literary culture motivated by means of Zhuangzi and Daoism and lines its struggles to outlive in smooth and modern chinese language culture.

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