Literary Voyages and Shores

September 23, 2023
8:00 - 9:30 PM EDT

On March 24, 1902, Zhou Shuren (Lu Xun) embarked on the steamship “Dazhen Maru” from Nanjing to study in Japan. His fellow passenger, Chen Hengke, would later influence Lu Xun’s artistic endeavors.

On August 16, 1910, Hu Shi and others set sail from Shanghai to the United States. Y.R. Chao, a fellow traveler, played a pivotal role in the formation of Hu Shi’s ideas on literary reform, forming a lifelong friendship.

On August 17, 1923, graduates including Xu Dishan, Xie Wanying (Bing Xin), Tao Ling, Li Simian from Yenching University, and Li Shutian, Chen Lifu from Beiyang University, along with graduates like Gu Yiqiao, Wu Wenzao, Wu Zhuo, Wu Jingchao, Liang Shiqiu, Sun Liren, Zhang Zhongfu from Tsinghua University, sailed to the United States on the steamship Jackson for further studies.

At this lecture, Prof. Shen Weiwei will trace the footsteps of these literary figures on their overseas journeys 100 years ago and explore the impact of these figures on the literary landscapes in China.






Shen Wei Wei 沈卫威

With a Ph.D. in literature, Shen Weiwei is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Nanjing University. He is the author of many academic books, including Unbounded Freedom: A Biography of Hu Shi, Gazing Back at the Xueheng School: The Modern Fate of Cultural Conservatism, Lineage of the Xueheng School: History and Narratives, The Grandeur of the University, The Context of Republican-Era Universities, and Viewing the North Star from the South: Gao Xingjian.


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