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
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, room 298
Mo Yan is a Chinese novelist, short story writer, and essayist who was award ed 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.