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Hamm, John Christopher

The Unworthy Scholar from Pingjiang

Republican-Era Martial Arts Fiction

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS

    60,95 € / $69.99 / £55.50*

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    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    August 2019
    ISBN
    978-0-231-54900-4
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    Xiang Kairan, who wrote under the pen name “The Unworthy Scholar from Pingjiang,” is remembered as the father of modern Chinese martial arts fiction. In this book, John Christopher Hamm shows how Xiang Kairan’s work and career offer a new lens on the transformations of fiction and popular culture in early twentieth-century China.

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    10 illustrations
    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Readership:
    Professional and scholarly;

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    HammJohn Christopher:

    John Christopher Hamm is Associate Professor of Chinese in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington. His publications include Paper Swordsmen: Jin
    Yong and the Modern Chinese Martial Arts Novel (Hawai’i, 2005); contributions to A New Literary History of Modern China (ed. David Wang, Harvard, 2017), the Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures (ed. Carlos Rojas and Andrea Bachner, 2016), and The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature (ed. Kirk Denton, 2016); and numerous journal articles, including in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and Twentieth-Century China.
    John Christopher Hamm is associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington. He is the author of Paper Swordsmen: Jin Yong and the Modern Chinese Martial Arts Novel (2005).

    Reviews

    Michael Berry, University of California, Los Angeles:
    In his new book The Unworthy Scholar from Pingjiang, Chris Hamm traces the life and work of Xiang Kairan, one of the single most important martial arts novelists of the Republican Period. Hamm broadly situates Xiang Kairan into the larger cultural and political landscape of Republican China and investigates the intricacies of the martial arts fiction genre itself, such as the literary form's relationship to traditional chapter novels, detective fiction, and the Saturday school. Chris Hamm is one of the most important literary critics studying martial arts fiction, and this book is a most "worthy" contribution to our understanding of this understudied corner of the modern Chinese literary world.

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