Reviews 553 Maghiel van Crevel. Language Shattered: Contemporary Chinese Poetry and Duoduo. CNWS Publications No. 38. Leiden: Research School CNWS, 1996. x, 355 pp. Paperback Fl 40, isbn 90-7378252-x. Thesis edition, isbn 90-73782-51-1. Language Shattered: Contemporary Chinese Poetry and Duoduo is two books in one, as the subtitle suggests. Part 1 is a well-researched and finely written monograph on the development of modern Chinese poetry in the PRC since the 1950s and, at over one hundred pages, could stand on its own. Part 1 has the further distinction of being the first in-depth study of the history of underground poetry in the PRC. Part 2 is a thorough and informative discussion of the oeuvre of one of China's most important contemporary experimental poets, Duoduo. Born in 1951, and affiliated with the Today magazine group of poets, Duoduo is nonetheless not the same kind of insider as Bei Dao or the late Gu Cheng. Originally less internationally renowned than most of the Today coterie, Duoduo became a celebrity almost overnight, due to a fortuitous coincidence: he left China on June 4, 1989, on a longplanned professional trip to the West. While exile has spread Duoduo's reputation, van Crevel demonstrates
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 30, 1997
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