Building a Post-Industrial Shangri-La: Lu Shuyuan, Ecocriticism, and Tao Yuanming’s “Peach Blossom Spring”

  • Chia-ju Chang
Part of the Chinese Literature and Culture in the World book series (CLCW)


This chapter focuses on literary and cultural studies to show how Chinese literary scholars contribute to the larger conversation regarding China’s “practice of environing” and the construction of China’s eco-civilization. Zooming in on Lu Shuyuan, the most prominent ecocritic in China, and his home-grown ecocritical thinking as a case study to illustrate a syncretic yet Chinese oriented ecocriticism, the author examines the way in which Lu addresses issues of marginality and disenfranchisement in a poetic genre called “moonlight poetry” (dagong shi) composed by rural migrant workers. Viewing migrant poets through the prism of his Tao Yuanming study, Lu contributes to the current discussion of Global Environmental Humanities by illustrating the importance of the role premodern cultural tradition plays in the contemporary postmodern environmental imagination.


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  • Chia-ju Chang
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  1. 1.Brooklyn CollegeBrooklynUSA

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