【RAM Talk】Jiang Ruoshui: Could We Speak Gently?
May 20, 2017 Saturday 19:30 - 21:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Language is not the garment of thought, but the body of it, defining the thought it delivers. For over a century after the New-Vernacular Literature Movement in China, the Chinese people are both transforming and being transformed by the modern Chinese language.
They say there is no shortage of good stories in China, but of good story tellers. But the problem is that it is never easy to tell stories. What words should we use to tell them? Used to the elements of violence, aggression, vulgarity and exaggeration in our language, we are no longer able to tell stories in our own way. Pathetically, we keep producing stereotyped stories that could hardly touch the heartstrings of our audience.
Today, it is no longer a basic ability, but an outstanding talent to write clear and coherent articles in modern Chinese language, let alone fantastic and amazing writings. This talk reviews our daily language and literary language to identify the problems and laudable features of modern Chinese language, examining the bureaucratic, vulgar or stereotyped expressions, and giving examples of clear and coherent, as well as fantastic writings.
Jiang Ruoshui, born in 1963 in Qingyang, Anhui Province, holds a PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and now serves as Professor and PhD supervisor at Zhejiang University. His publications include: Study on Poetry Art of Pien chih-lin, Connecting the Dots: Opinions on Poetic Concepts and Genres, Similarities and Differences Between China and the West: Review of Modern Poets, From Wang Xifeng to Potosi, The Modernity of Classical Poems, The Flesh of the Text, Secret Echoes From Another Side: Comparative Poetics And Contrastive Literature, Talkings on the Lake, Eight Lessons on Poetry, the poem collection Thread-Bound Moods and the essay collections Chinese Mainlanders in Taiwan and Snuggle in Bed.
Free admission, reservation is required.