4th February 2021, 5.30-7pm.
European and American Poetries and the Creation of a Modern Chinese Lyric Discourse
Professor Gregory Lee (University of St Andrews)
When general readers think of Chinese poetry, they imagine perhaps bearded sages writing poetry in misty mountain retreats. But today’s Chinese poetry is an altogether different matter. But where did it come from and what is it? Gregory Lee will explain how modern poetry differs from that was written in the space now is called China in a language that was as different from today’s Chinese as Ovid’s Latin is from Rimbaud’s French. He will discuss the relationship of poetry in the modern national language to modern American and European poetries.
Gregory Lee is the Founding Professorship of Chinese Studies at the University of St-Andrews, a writer and a broadcaster who has lived and worked in the UK, the USA, China, Hong Kong, and France. Between 1990 and 2020, he taught at the University of Lyon in France where hewas Professor of Chinese and Transcultural Studies, and Director of the Institute of Transtextual and Transcultural Studies. His most recent book is China Imagined: From European Fantasy to Spectacular Power (London, Hurst 2018).