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Imagined Literary Community: Language, Memory And Nature

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This chapter discusses how both horizontal and vertical comradeships are established among Taiwanese modernist poets. Emphasis will be on the formation of the vertical comradeship as an imagined literary community. The author uses Zheng Chouyu?s poetry to explain how language helps the poet return to Chinese tradition. Then, the questions of how and why memories are fabricated are discussed with reference to Luo Fu and Yu Guangzhong?s work. The chapter examines how the imagined literary community is formed through the fabrication of memories. Lastly, nature, as embodied in Lomen and Rong Zi?s works, implies that they are trying to return to Chinese tradition through the Taoist school. In fact, these factors act as a means to an end: to help these Taiwanese modernist poets reunite with their Chinese cultural roots such as Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Keywords: Chinese language; fabricate memories; horizontal comradeship; imagined literary community; Luo Fu; vertical comradeship; Yu Guangzhong; Zheng Chouyu



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