AsianDOC Electronic Newsletter 1:2 (June 1998)
Bibliography of Modern Chinese Literature and Film
by Kirk A. Denton
The Ohio State University
This online bibliography is maintained in conjunction with the journal
Modern Chinese Literature,
which has recently moved its home-base from the University of Colorado to
The Ohio State University. The journal is the leading English language
forum for scholarship in the field of modern Chinese literature. With the
publication of Vol XI, the journal will change its name to Modern Chinese
Literature and Culture marking a shift in editorial direction toward a
broader cultural studies approach.
There are good published bibliographies in the field of modern
Chinese literature, but they inevitably suffer from the passing of time.
The advantage of an on-line bibliography is, of course, that it can be
continuously updated, giving the field up-to-date information about the
most current publications. With the assistance of Jeremy Sieg, I put
together this bibliography as a resource not just for readers of the
journal, but for students, scholars, and general readers interested in the
literature and culture of twentieth-century China. The bibliography focuses
on English language materials, but also includes important Chinese-language
reference works, literary histories, and the like. It is, I believe, the
most extensive English-language bibliography of modern Chinese literature.
The bibliography is organized into the following sections, to which one can
link from the homepage's Table of Contents
Has sections on Dictionaries / Dictionaries of Modern Chinese Literature /
Periodicals and Publishing / Literary Compendiums / Bibliographies of
Primary Materials / Bibliographies of Secondary Studies / Biography and
Interviews / Pen Names and Foreign Names / Translations into Chinese (a
list of reference materials that give information of translation from
Western literature to Chinese) / Journals (a list of journals, and links to
their webpages, that publish on Chinese literature) / Locating Materials
(links to library catalogues)
- Translations by Authors (http://deall.ohio-state.edu/denton.2/bib.htm):
This page gives available English (and occasionally French) translations
listed in alphabetical order by author's name.
- Translations Collections (http://deall.ohio-state.edu/denton.2/col.htm):
This page has collections of translations of modern Chinese literature
arranged by theme (e.g. nativist, avant-garde, roots, dissident), genre
(poetry, prose and reportage, drama and fiction), and place (Taiwan and
- Author Studies (http://deall.ohio-state.edu/denton.2/secbib.htm):
This page contains primarily English-language studies listed under the
name of the author the study focuses on.
- Lu Xun Studies (http://deall.ohio-state.edu/denton.2/lxbib.htm):
Devoted entirely to published materials on Lu Xun, with sections on
Reference / Collections / Biographies / General / Fiction / Poetry / Essay
/Criticism / Translation / Scholarship
- General Studies (http://deall.ohio-state.edu/denton.2/studbib.htm):
This page contains only studies of a general nature (that do not focus on
a single author). It is organized into three broad sections: (1) historical
period (with subsections from late Qing to Post-Mao); (2) themes (including
gender, modernism, postmodernism, literary societies, print culture,
realism, etc.); and (3) genre
- Film (http://deall.ohio-state.edu/denton.2/filmbib.htm):
An extensive bibliography of materials on Chinese film, organized into
three broad sections: (1) historical period; (2) directors; (3) film
reference (including a useful list of journals (and, when available, links
to their homepages), that publish on Chinese film. Also included is a
section on Television.
- Catalogues (http://deall.ohio-state.edu/denton.2/cat.htm):
This page includes links to library and bookstore catalogues through which
relevant books can be found. There are links to HK and PRC libraries, a
very useful link to OCLC WorldCat, and links to bookstores that sell
Chinese books and materials.
Organized by author, this new page lists links to available texts in
Chinese. With Chinese-language web browsers, the user can link directly to
works of twentieth-century Chinese literature. Very useful for those
without access to Chinese language materials.
- On-line (http://deall.ohio-state.edu/denton.2/elec.htm):
This page links to other useful websites for the study of modern Chinese
culture, including E-Journals / Texts / Reference / Modern Culture /
Departments & Associations / Literary Studies
The MCLC webpage is, like all webpages, constantly undergoing changes. We
have plans to both improve the accessibility of what is currently available
(e.g. search engine capability) and to develop in new directions. Our
intention is to make the page a kind of center for modern Chinese cultural
studies, a place where students and scholars alike can find bibliographic
information, primary sources, links to journals in the field, visual and
textual materials for use in the classroom, announcements of cultural and
scholarly events, discussion groups and bulletin boards, etc.
Kirk A. Denton
Editor, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
© AsianDOC Electronic Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 2 (June 1998).