This paper examines how contemporary writers develop the literary features of Wu Jun’s (649-520) story “Goose Cage Scholar”, and analyzes how they borrow and transform such aspects as the story’s narrative theme, perspective and implications so as to elaborate on the meaning behind contemporary writers’ acceptance of the story of “Goose Cage Scholar.” The article maintains that this cultural phenomenon not only proves the potential of classical fiction but also demonstrates how such works can be rewritten. The articles concludes that this practice of creative rewriting may be viewed as a social and academic problematization by which we can explore the creative transformation and innovative development of traditional Chinese culture.
rewriting the classical; “Goose Cage Scholar”; contemporary writers; creative translation
Gu, Wenbin. 2022. "Rewriting the Classical: Contemporary Writers’ Reception of the Story “Goose Cage Scholar”." Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art 42, (5): pp.217-226. https://tsla.researchcommons.org/journal/vol42/iss5/19