Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Their lives are transformed. And not only their lives: after listening to the stories of Balzac, the little seamstress will never be the same again.

Author: Dai Sijie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448163102

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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1971: Mao's cultural Revolution is at its peak. Two sons of doctors, sent to 're-education' camps, forced to carry buckets of excrement up and down mountain paths, have only their sense of humour to keep them going. Although the attractive daughter of the local tailor also helps to distract them from the task at hand. The boys' true re-education starts, however, when they discover a hidden suitcase packed with the great Western novels of the nineteenth century. Their lives are transformed. And not only their lives: after listening to the stories of Balzac, the little seamstress will never be the same again.

A Study Guide for Dai Sijie s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410340872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 20

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A Study Guide for Dai Sijie's "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

At the height of Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education.

Author: Sijie Dai

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780385365475

Category: China

Page: 184

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At the height of Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution, two boys are among hundreds of thousands exiled to the countryside for "re-education." The narrator and his best friend, Luo, guilty of being the sons of doctors, find themselves in a remote village where, among the peasants of Phoenix mountain, they are made to cart buckets of excrement up and down precipitous winding paths. Their meager distractions include a violin--as well as, before long, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. But it is when the two discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation that their re-education takes its most surprising turn. While ingeniously concealing their forbidden treasure, the boys find transit to worlds they had thought lost forever. And after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, even the Little Seamstress will be forever transformed.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie Book Analysis

As well as offering piercing social commentary on the realities of state oppression, this is a coming-of-age novel with a timeless, heartfelt message about love, friendship and the power of literature.

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 2806270561

Category: Study Aids

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Unlock the more straightforward side of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, a moving account of how two young Chinese men discover love and Western literature after the Communist regime sends them to a remote mountain village to be reeducated. As well as offering piercing social commentary on the realities of state oppression, this is a coming-of-age novel with a timeless, heartfelt message about love, friendship and the power of literature. Dai Sijie is an award-winning writer and filmmaker of Chinese birth, who has lived and worked in France since 1984. Find out everything you need to know about Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

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Author: Sijie Dai

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780099296331

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IGCSE KEY NOTES for DAI SIJIE s BALZAC and the LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS Study Guide

This text is designed for students studying for the CIE World Literature 0408 IGCSE qualification.

Author: Joe Broadfoot

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781719386845

Category:

Page: 46

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This text is designed for students studying for the CIE World Literature 0408 IGCSE qualification. Although this text cannot be used for coursework in 2018 and 2019, Cambridge confirmed that 'texts that have been set on Paper 3 in previous years are considered suitable for portfolio work if they are no longer included on the Paper 3 set text list'. This was welcome news for all those that love Dai Sijie's writing who want to use it for coursework from 2020 onwards!

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

A novel for secondary school English classes with great writing and important themes.

Author: Sijie Dai

Publisher: Everbind

ISBN: 9780784817957

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A novel for secondary school English classes with great writing and important themes.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Author: Emma Gordon Williams

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Films about the Cultural Revolution

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: Booksllc.Net

ISBN: 9781230760117

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Page: 26

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (films not included). Pages: 24. Chapters: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (film), Farewell My Concubine (film), Hibiscus Town, In the Heat of the Sun, Morning Sun (film), River Without Buoys, Romance on Lushan Mountain, Sunflower (2005 film), The Blue Kite, The Ditch, The Last Emperor, The Red Violin, To Live (film), Under the Hawthorn Tree (film), Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl. Excerpt: The Red Violin is a 1998 Canadian drama film directed by Francois Girard. It spans four centuries and five countries as it tells the story of a mysterious violin and its many owners. The film was an international co-production between companies in Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom. The film tells the story of a perfect violin known as the "Red Violin." At the film's beginning, the violin is being auctioned in Canada. As the bidding starts, the violin's history is revealed, showing that the violin has been in existence for over 300 years, having been made in 1681. Its history is told in five stories set in different locations around the world-Cremona, Vienna, Oxford, Shanghai, and Montreal. These stories are told in chronological order except for the Cremona and Montreal stories, which are intersected into the others with each change of location and as the tarot reading and the auction develop. The 1997 auction is used as a framing device for the first four stories in the film. After the fourth story, we see the complicated resolution to the auction sequence with no further cutaways to the other four stories. To its owners, the violin causes anger, betrayal, love, and sacrifice. In each setting the dialogue is spoken in the appropriate language. Also, a variation of the movie's signature violin solo by composer John Corigliano is played at least once in the period it is played, with the exception of Cremona, where the solo is...

Chinese Ecocinema

This chapter is a selective analysis of several films: Balzac and the Little Chinese
Seamstress, In Expectation (Wushan yunyu, 1996, dir. Zhang Ming), and Still Life
(Sanxia haoren, 2006, dir. Jia Zhangke). What is common in all these films is ...

Author: Sheldon H. Lu

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622090869

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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This anthology is a book-length study of China's ecosystem through the lens of cinema. Proposing 'ecocinema' as a new critical framework, the volume collectively investigates a wide range of urgent topics in today's world.

Adapted for the Screen

Because China has banned both the film and novel versions of Balzac and the
Little Chinese Seamstress (novel 2000; film 2002), his most popular work
worldwide, curious readers cannot even find his name in the China Film and
Television ...

Author: Hsiu-Chuang Deppman

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824833732

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Hsiu-Chang Deppman puts landmark contemporary Chinese films in the context of their literary origins & explores how the best Chinese directors adapt fictional narratives & styles for film.

NOVELS FOR STUDENTS

Author: CENGAGE LEARNING. GALE

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781535819091

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From Camera Lens To Critical Lens

CHAPTER THIRTEEN FROM FRENCH CHINESE NOVEL TO CHINESE
FRENCH FILM: RESHAPING THE ADDRESS OF DAI SIJIE'S BALZAC AND THE
LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS ACROSS NARRATIVE FORMS by E. K. Tan In
2000, ...

Author: Rebecca Housel

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443804010

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 261

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From Camera Lens to Critical Lens: A Collection of Best Essays on Film Adaptation, edited by Rebecca Housel, takes the reader through films by directors like Alfred Hitchcock to examining the relevance of twenty-first century British politics with current film; from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman to author Virginia Woolf; and, examining new theoretical approaches to international film adaptations from China, Japan, Britain, Canada, and France, as well as films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Daughters of the Dust. The collection is derived from the Popular Culture Association (PCA) film-adaptation-area conference papers, researched and written by fourteen diverse scholars from all over the world, who gathered together in San Diego, California in April 2005 to further their research by presenting their ideas on film adaptation, now in full text versions within this exciting new volume. Accessible, engaging and informative, any audience may read and enjoy this edited collection on film adaptation. The volume would also work well for pedagogical purposes, both in and out of the classroom. Such a volume may easily be used in courses for English, film studies, gender studies, women’s studies, fine art, psychology, political science, history, and more. A work of diverse international voices, this collection represents the very best on film adaptation today.

Chinese Literature A Very Short Introduction

... drew on his experience as a “sent-down” youth for his international bestseller
Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise (2000, Balzac and the Little Chinese
Seamstress, 2001). In recounting its young protagonists' discovery of a forbidden
cache ...

Author: Sabina Knight

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199913137

Category: History

Page: 160

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Perhaps nowhere else has literature been as conscious a collective endeavor as in China, and China's survival over three thousand years may owe more to its literary traditions than to its political history. This Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in supporting social and political concerns. Embracing traditional Chinese understandings of literature as encompassing history and philosophy as well as poetry and poetics, storytelling, drama, and the novel, Sabina Knight discusses the philosophical foundations of literary culture as well as literature's power to address historical trauma and cultivate moral and sensual passions. From ancient historical records through the modernization and globalization of Chinese literature, Knight draws on lively examples to underscore the close relationship between ethics and aesthetics, as well as the diversity of Chinese thought. Knight also illuminates the role of elite patronage; the ways literature has served the interests of specific groups; and questions of canonization, language, nationalism, and cross-cultural understanding. The book includes Chinese characters for names, titles, and key terms.

Visions of Dystopia in China s New Historical Novels

Dai Sijie պනࢭ . Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Ina Rilke, tr. New
York: Knopf, 2001. Translation of Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise. Davies,
Gloria ߛুឦ. Worrying about China: The Language of Chinese Critical Inquiry.

Author: Jeffrey C. Kinkley

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231532296

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and many Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua, Su Tong, Wang Anyi, Mo Yan, Han Shaogong, Ge Fei, Li Rui, and Zhang Wei skew and scramble common conceptions of China's modern development, deploying avant-garde narrative techniques from Latin American and Euro-American modernism to project a surprisingly "un-Chinese" dystopian vision and critical view of human culture and ethics. The epic narratives of modern Chinese fiction make rich use of magical realism, surrealism, and unusual treatments of historical time. Also featuring graphic depictions of sex and violence, as well as dark, raunchy comedy, these novels reflect China's recent history re-presenting the overthrow of the monarchy in the early twentieth century and the resulting chaos of revolution and war; the recurring miseries perpetrated by class warfare during the dictatorship of Mao Zedong; and the social dislocations caused by China's industrialization and rise as a global power. This book casts China's highbrow historical novels from the late 1980s to the first decade of the twenty-first century as a distinctively Chinese contribution to the form of the global dystopian novel and, consequently, to global thinking about the interrelations of utopia and dystopia.

Balzac in the Cave

Author: Jasmine C. Saeidi

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Communism and intellectuals

Page: 230

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Mr Muo s Travelling Couch

After years of studying Freud in Paris, Mr. Muo returns home to bring the benefits of psychoanalysis to twenty-first-century China and to somehow free his college sweetheart, now a political prisoner, a quest that leads him to the sadistic ...

Author: Sijie Dai

Publisher: Arrow

ISBN: 9780099470182

Category: China

Page: 264

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Dai Sijie's bestselling and much loved first novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, was a delightful fable. His second is a Chinese Don Quixote following the peripatetic misadventures of Mr Muo, China's first psychoanalyst.It's over ten years since Muo has visited his native China. He's been in Paris, exploring his subconscious and devouring the works of Freud and Lacan. But he knew the idyll couldn't last. When Muo hears that his his first great love has been thrown into a Chinese jail for selling a newspaper article to the foreign press, he feels he must rush home and rescue her. He returns to a China where everyone is corruptible, provided you find the right bribe. Sadly, the $10,000 Muo offers Judge Di to free his beloved aren't enough. The judge, tired of cash and cars, orders Muo to bring him a virgin girl to satisfy his sexual predilection for the unsullied. Thus begins a series of hilarious adventures as Muo goes in search of a virgin, setting himself up as an itinerant interpreter of dreams and losing his own virginity in the process.Witty, surreal, moving, wonderfully picaresque, it is packed full of stories, anecdote, incident and mishap, all resulting in a highly enjoyable satire of one innocent man's attempt to negotiate the mind-boggling maze of modern China.

A History of Pain

Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film Michael Berry, Mike Berry ... artist,
and screenwriter, best known for his collection Three Kings; and Dai Sijie is the
author of the international best-seller Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

Author: Michael Berry

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231141628

Category: Social Science

Page: 420

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This work probes the restaging, representation, and reimagining of historical violence and atrocity in contemporary Chinese fiction, film, and popular culture. It examines five historical moments including the Musha Incident (1930) and the February 28 Incident (1947).

The Facts on File Companion to the World Novel

D. C. B. 52 BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS BALZAC AND
THE. BÂ,. MARIAMA. (1929–1981) Sengalese essayist, novelist Mariama Bâ
considered herself “a modern Muslim woman,” a politically loaded term that
indicates ...

Author: Michael Sollars

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438108362

Category: Fiction

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Cinema and Counter History

Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Bloom, Michele E. 2005. “Contemporary
Franco-Chinese Cinema: Translation, Citation and Imitation in Dai Sijie's Balzac
and the Little Chinese Seamstress and Tsai Ming-Liang's What Time Is It There?

Author: Marcia Landy

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253016193

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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Despite claims about the end of history and the death of cinema, visual media continue to contribute to our understanding of history and history-making. In this book, Marcia Landy argues that rethinking history and memory must take into account shifting conceptions of visual and aural technologies. With the assistance of thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Cinema and Counter-History examines writings and films that challenge prevailing notions of history in order to explore the philosophic, aesthetic, and political stakes of activating the past. Marshaling evidence across European, African, and Asian cinema, Landy engages in a counter-historical project that calls into question the certainty of visual representations and unmoors notions of a history firmly anchored in truth.