2015-2016 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
The Concept Definition and Origin of Detective Fiction in Late Qing China
楊一女士 Ms Yang Yi
Date and Time: April 29, 2016 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Known as both crime and how to resolve crime, what is the relationship between Western detective fiction and Chinese Gong’an fiction? Aside from outside influence, such as language or nationality, from a literary point of view, could Gong’an fiction be defined as the early form of detective fiction? After detective fiction was first introduced in translation to Chinese readers in 1896, there has been a long-standing debate about this issue.
The proposed seminar will first focus on controversy related to Gong’an fiction and detective fiction’s literary form, using basic classification methods of stylistics, form literary function, style, theme and usage to define differences between Western detective fiction and Chinese Gong’an fiction. The seminar will be based on literary tradition, ideology, ethos, and so on. Analysis of image-building, plot arrangement, expression technique, aesthetic results and creation motivation will show a more comprehensive understanding of different features of Gong’an fiction and detective fiction, stressing that detective fiction should not be confused with Chinese Gong’an fiction. Varied definitions will also provide analysis of Western importation of detective fiction into modern China and how it was explained, transformed and localised at the beginning of the 20th century. More importantly, identifying which fictions have become stale and bringing forth fresh literature could be treated as the monument, not only in terms of a process of nationalisation of detective fiction, but also a modernisation process of Chinese traditional culture. Furthermore, it will also address which Chinese detective fiction came first, as well as the rationale behind the aforementioned explanations.
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