Mo Yan and China's New Historical Fiction
Author: Institute for Asian Studies
Posted: June 4, 2013


PSU's Institute for Asian Studies presents

Jeffery Kinkley, St. John's University

Mo Yan and China's New Historical Fiction

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

6:00 PM

PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, room 298



Mo Yan is a Chinese novelist, short story writer, and essayist who was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature.   Despite  his social criticism he is seen in his homeland as one of the  foremost contemporary authors. He is best known to Western

readers for his 1987 novel Red Sorghum Clan.  The Nobel  Foundation describes Mo Yan as an author “who with  hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and  the  contemporary,” and has compared his writing to that of William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez


 Jeffrey C. Kinkley is a Professor of History at St. John’s University who teaches courses in World and East Asian History    and in Modern Chinese History, Literature and Film.  He is a John  Simon Guggenheim Fellow who has published several books  about Chinese writers and China, and is working on a new book  about recent epic Chinese historical novels and their visions of  modern history.  



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