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Reconstructing the "Historical Imagination" in Poetry

Article Summary   by:TsingHua     Original Author: Literature & Art Studies
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In the middle of and late 1990s,an important shift in creative forms occurred in the avant-garde poetry in China.This paper tries to argue that the poetic imagination has changed in both its direction and its texture with the "historical imagination" as its major achievement.The so-called historical imagination requires that the poets have both historical consciousness and contemporary concerns,a deep understanding and a conscious investigation into the interface between existence——of individual being——and the culture as well as a language that has been indeed in a difficult situation.The "historical imagination" not only concerns about the functional conception of "what to write," but also the ontological one of "how to".However,since the 1990s,it has been first criticized and ridiculed,then shadowed and deconstructed by the ahistorical pop poetry and ideology.Facing the banal situation in which the new poetry is misunderstood and controlled by the postmodern strategy of writing,this paper argues for the possibility of reconstructing the poetic "historical imagination" in order to enable the modern Chinese poetry to regain and then to preserve the vitality of historical existence and the artistic quality of avant-gardism.
Published: March 25, 2006   
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