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Frontiers of Literary Studies in China

Front. Lit. Stud. China    2014, Vol. 8 Issue (1) : 154-180     DOI: 10.3868/s010-003-014-0008-1
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Infatuation with Skeletons: Yu Dafu’s Accidental Loyalism and Classical-Style Poetry
Haosheng Yang()
Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH 45056, USA
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Abstract

Modern Chinese writer Yu Dafu continued composing classicalstyle poems for his whole life, claiming himself to be “a man infatuated with skeletons.” This article interprets Yu’s lyricism as a stylistic manifestation of his personal and national anxieties that were stimulated by the transition of Chinese culture into modernity during the first half of the twentieth century. By examining Yu’s status as a displaced loyalist both in his verses as well as in real life, I argue that Yu’s loyalist rhetoric represents the identity crisis of a Chinese writer in confronting the menacing power struggles of the modern world.

Keywords Yu Dafu      classical-style poetry      modernity      loyalist (yimin)     
Issue Date: 16 May 2014
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Haosheng Yang. Infatuation with Skeletons: Yu Dafu’s Accidental Loyalism and Classical-Style Poetry[J]. Front. Lit. Stud. China, 2014, 8(1): 154-180.
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