Modernist Literature


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Modernist Literature

Curated by Liao Shufang, Associate Professor, Department of Taiwanese Literature, National Cheng Kung University


“Modernism” is a general term for late-nineteenth century to early-twentieth century trends in Western art and literature. With the technological advancements ushered in by the... (Read more)

Works and Authors
Sorrow
Sorrow Wu He

“Sorrow” is the pinnacle of Wuhe’s novelistic career and a rare jewel in modernist Taiwanese literature. Constructed in a non-linear fashion and woven... (Read more)

Death of a Stone Cell
Death of a Stone Cell Luo Fu (Lo Fu)

Luo Fu wrote the opening sections of Death of a Stone Cell when he was sent to the island of Jinmen to serve as press liaison officer in 1959. There, ... (Read more)

A Rainy Day, Women Nos.12 and 35
A Rainy Day, Women Nos.12 and 35 Yang Ze

Translated by K. C. Tu and Robert Backus (1999) Autumn cool in the world, a rainy day dusk cannot but have some responsive sighs Uselessly standi... (Read more)

A Small Town Planted with Papaya Tree
A Small Town Planted with Papaya Tree Long Yingzong (Lung Ying-tsung )

“A Small Town Planted with Papaya Trees” (1937), Lung Yingzung’s first published work, was an immediate sensation, a literary portrait of the heart an... (Read more)

Running mother
Running mother Guo Songfen

Guo Songfen’s “Running Mother” (1984) is the story of a young man raised by a single mother after his father disappeared early on. Because of various ... (Read more)

“Telephone,” “Answering Machine,” and “The Computer Terminal”
“Telephone,” “Answering Machine,” and “The Computer Terminal” Lin Yaode(Lin Yao-teh)

Lin Yaode was a fleeting comet streaking across the skies of Taiwanese literature. In his short life of thirty-six years he wrote poetry, essays, fict... (Read more)

A Love Story before Dawn
A Love Story before Dawn Weng Nao

“A Love Story before Dawn” (1937) is a special work of so-called “demonic” literature from the Japanese colonial period. The short story is also profo... (Read more)

I Love Black Eyes
I Love Black Eyes Qideng Sheng (Ch’i-Teng Sheng)

Qideng Sheng’s “I Love Black Eyes” (1967) is a problematic piece of fiction, a work famed for the difficult moral questions it raises as well as its f... (Read more)

Flaw
Flaw Wang Wenxing (Wang Wen-hsing)

“Flaw” is a short story in Wang Wenxing’s early collection Fifteen Stories. In a tale of first love, an eleven year-old boy falls for a married woman ... (Read more)

Feel of the Door
Feel of the Door Huang Hesheng

Translated by Wai-lim Yip (1966) Feel of the Door I The door is opened – by the unengaged occasional wind coming and going, by the... (Read more)

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