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The Changing Room

Selected poetry of Zhai Yongming

Translated by Andrea Lingenfelter

Publication Year: 2011

The author of six volumes of poetry, Zhai Yongming first became prominent in the mid-1980s with the publication of her twenty-poem cycle, "Woman," a work that forcefully articulated a female point-of-view in China??s largely patriarchal society. Her powerful imagery and forthright voice resonated with many readers. Zhai has continued to hone her critique of tranditional attitudes towards women, quickly becoming one of China??s foremost feminist voices and a major force in the contemporary literary scene. She is also an installation artist and prolific essayist, and stages poetry readings and other cultural events at the bar she owns in her native Chengdu.

Published by: Chinese University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 1-4

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

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pp. vii-x

It can be hard to be a woman, but it’s even harder to be a Chinese woman poet who has survived drastically different eras in Chinese modern history: the Cultural Revolution, “educated youth” in the countryside, post Cultural Revolution, Misty School (Menglongshi), New York City diaspora,...

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Translator’s Foreword

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pp. xi-xviii

Zhai Yongming’s poetry first came to me around 1990 in a manila envelope, bundled with poems by a handful of other writers. The other poems in the group didn’t leave a deep impression on me, but Zhai Yongming’s poems (“Premonition,” “Longing,” and “Abandoned House,” all from her...

Premonition

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pp. 2-3

Abandoned House

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pp. 4-5

Desire

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pp. 6-7

Margins

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pp. 8-9

Revolving

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pp. 10-11

The First Month

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pp. 12-15

The Second Month

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pp. 16-17

The Fifth Month

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pp. 18-19

The Twelfth Month

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pp. 20-23

The Black Room

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pp. 24-25

White Corridor

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pp. 26-29

My Bat

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pp. 30-33

Doll

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pp. 34-35

from Portrait

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pp. 36-37

from Body

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pp. 38-39

Fourteen Plainsongs

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pp. 40-67

Scissorhands' Dialogue

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pp. 68-75

The Blind Masseur and Some of his Methods

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pp. 76-85

The Changing Room

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pp. 86-91

My Younger Brother in the Water

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pp. 92-97

Straw

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pp. 98-99

Reading the News

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pp. 100-101

Daylight Slumbers

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pp. 102-103

For Lu De'an

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pp. 104-105

Hypnosis

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pp. 106-107

Natural Enemies

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pp. 108-109

I'm Drunk and You're Dry

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pp. 110-113

Fireworks and Working Girls

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pp. 114-115

In the End I Come Up Short

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pp. 116-117

Things Are Always Like That

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pp. 118-121

Chrysanthemum Langerns Go Floating By

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pp. 122-125

Climbing the Heights on the Double Ninth

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pp. 126-129

The Submarine's Lament

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pp. 130-133

Lightly Injured People

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pp. 134-137

Her Point of View

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pp. 138-139

The Song of Historical Beauties

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pp. 140-147

Report on a Child Prostitute

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pp. 148-153

The Language of the 50s

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pp. 154-157

The Testament of Hu Huishan

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pp. 158-162

Bidis

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pp. 163-184


E-ISBN-13: 9789629969295
Print-ISBN-13: 9789629964900

Page Count: 184
Illustrations: N
Publication Year: 2011