Literary Criticism

Sensible tactic to preserve creative space

Much has been made by Mo Yan's critics about his pen name, which means silence or say nothing. Photo: AP

Should every mainland artist or intellectual who has achieved prominence shout at the top of their lungs against the central authorities and become, inevitably thereafter, dissidents?

Monday, 22 October, 2012, 2:52am 3 comments

Hit me baby, one more time

There are many ways to measure fame, but, if Google hits are anything to go by, Justin Bieber is 10 times more popular than the Dalai Lama, but only half as sought-after as porn. Meanwhile, neck and neck in the fame game are Beyonce and Star Trek.

Listed here, in ascending numerical order, are 20 randomly picked search results from the nucleus of cyberspace.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Lack of support for young writers

I've read in Young Post that two young authors had their books published. I have been writing since Primary Four, but I don't know if there's any way I could get my work published.

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Chinese literature alive and kicking, says author

Chinese literature has evolved into a diverse entity, comprising anything from highbrow epics to populist forms of internet culture, according to the new chairwoman of the China Writers' Association.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Send your book, CD reviews to the new YP

Even if we acquire knowledge every day, there is always more to learn. We can learn a lot by reading books. Unfortunately, in India 70 per cent of the books are textbooks. But in western countries, there's more fiction, novels and other books to choose from.

29 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Whetting reader's appetite

How many times have you started a story and not read any further than the first page? My guess is that you will have done that on many occasions. Similarly with television programmes. There have probably been many occasions when you have started to watch a programme, only to lose interest after a while and then turn off the television set.

27 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Poems tell darkest secrets

You speak English and Cantonese and probably some Mandarin, but which language do you dream in? Which language do you choose to write in? These questions introduce us to confessional poetry, the subject of this week's Poetry On The Air , which can be heard on RTHK's Radio 4 at 10.05 am today and repeated at 6.30 pm tomorrow.

6 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Frank forecasts on the world of analysts

THERE are many things in this world that need to be taken seriously. Equity analysis is not one of them. When it comes to the list of Things To Be Taken Seriously, analysts rank right down there with politicians, insurance salesmen and Canto-pop.

4 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

On the right lines

HOPELESS is not a word Caroline Richardson would ever use about a writer. Unpublishable, perhaps, but that's not a reason to stop writing, she says: 'You are not going to say to a 14-year-old, 'don't draw because you can't draw', so you shouldn't say to a 40-year-old, 'don't write because you can't write'.

10 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Critical divide

The Western Canon by Harold Bloom Macmillan $340 THE study of literature, under the influence of modern theorists, has become an ideological act. At its most fruitful, the ideological reading of books has opened new interpretations which, though they might surprise literary artists, illuminate how we understand the relationship between a book and the world in which it was created.

1 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Between write and wrong

READERS may think book reviews mean good business for the book trade, but it seems that isn't quite the case in Hong Kong's English language market.

Mark Evans, marketing co-ordinator with Publishers Associates Ltd, who import titles by Faber and Faber, HarperCollins and Cambridge University Press, thinks readers are hugely influenced by reviews.

22 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Pretty words are not practical

I READ with profound disbelief and sickness two recent articles by Tsang Yok-sing in your Tuesday column. If the party leader of a well-known left-wing political party has nothing better to do than flaunt his Chinese literary skill or to criticise the non-Chinese-speaking Governor for the lack of it, could he be so kind as not to waste the precious space of this column?

8 Oct 1993 - 12:00am