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In Others’ Words: A Study of Italian Quotations in the Comparative Method of Qian Zhongshu

Fonte: La Sapienza Universidade de Roma Publicador: La Sapienza Universidade de Roma
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
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Chinese comparative literature has a great representative in the contemporary scholar and writer Qian Zhongshu (1910-1998). His comparative method tends to escape every categorization and his massive use of quotations in seven different foreign languages, main characteristic of his style, creates a collage of literary motives and genres that constitutes a fertile field for analysis to grasp the general principles of world literature, as outlined by the author. Chinese scholars have established a discipline, the Qian Xue (Studies on Qian), that since the eighties of last century researches on Qian Zhongshu’s achievements and methodology and that plays an important role to get a full understanding of the author’s approach to writing and literature. The contribution of western scholarship is nevertheless a due and necessary investigation in the work of such a complex and varied literary production and a step that needs to be further developed, since western literature constitutes a great part of Qian’s thematic choices. The number of languages involved in the analysis and the huge number of cross references in Qian’s work require a set of skills of which this work tries to be a tiny, yet necessary, part, analysing the contribution of Italian literature to the comparative method of Qian Zhongshu. The work tries to outline the threads that move Qian Zhongshu in the choice of authors and works that constitute...