The Newsletter 50 Spring 2009

Mind, mayhem and money

John A. Crespi

Van Crevel, Maghiel. 2008. Chinese Poetry in Times of Mind, Mayhem, and Money. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 518 pages. 978 90 04 16382 9

The poets of mainland China have been far busier writing and wrangling over their work during the past 20 or so years than scholars from beyond China have been in analysing it. While research on this body of poetry has begun to fill out in recent years, no single piece of scholarship makes a contribution equal to that of Maghiel van Crevel’s Chinese Poetry in Times of Mind, Mayhem and Money.

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