The History of Literature #378 – Liu Xinwu and the “Scar Literature” of China (with Jeremy Tiang) | Bharati Sneak Preview (with Mira Sundara Rajan)

378 Liu Xinwu and the “Scar Literature” of China (with Jeremy Tiang) | Bharati Sneak Preview (with Mira Sundara Rajan)

In this episode, Jacke talks to Jeremy Tiang about his new translation of The Wedding Party, a Chinese classic contemporary novel written in the early 1980s by Liu Xinwu, one of the originators of what has been termed “scar literature.” PLUS we feature a sneak preview of our conversation with Professor Mira Sundara Rajan, who has edited a collection of writings in English by famed Indian poet C. Subramania Bharati.

Looking for more by Chinese authors? We talked with Yang Huang about her childhood in China (and why she now can only write fiction in English) in Episode 330 Middlemarch (with Yang Huang).

Like world literature? Try Episode 304 Kazuo Ishiguro (with Chigozie Obioma), in which we talk to Obioma about his novels set in Nigeria and his love for Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day.

For something completely different, try our episode on Top 10 Literary Villains.

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The History of Literature #328 – Aristophanes (with Aaron Poochigian)

328 Aristophanes (with Aaron Poochigian)

Often called the Father of Comedy, the satirical playwright Aristophanes (c. 450 BCE – 388 BCE) used his critical eye and sharp tongue to skewer politicians and philosophers alike. In this episode, poet and classicist Aaron Poochigian joins Jacke to discuss his new translation of four plays by Aristophanes – and explains why these ancient Athenian comedies (CloudsBirdsLysistrata, and Women of the Assembly) are especially relevant today.

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