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VASP Brown Bag Series A Lonely Castle: A Psychological Interpretation of Gu Cheng's Literary World

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Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth St., Champaign)
May 9, 2018   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Minghao Guo (Xiangtan University, China)
Registration (lunch provided with registration)

The legendary life experience of Gu Cheng and his extraordinary achievements in poetry have earned him a special status in the history of Chinese contemporary literature. His character, life experience and value system are closely related to his writing. Gu’s melancholic temperament can be seen through the various hats he wore. His childhood memory, days with family members and schoolmates, as his experience living through the Cultural Revolution all played an important role in the development of his unique character and temperament. An introvert by nature, Gu turned to his surreal poems to escape from everyday social reality. He tried to build an imaginary castle in his poetic world—a world that’s also quite lonely. Throughout his life, Gu was obsessed with beautiful things and his pursuit of true love. When his true love left him, his world collapsed and his life ended in tragedy—a fate foretold by his poetry in some sense.

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