Masculine Mystique: Xu Zhimo 徐志摩, Younghill Kang, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, and Anchee Min

  • King-Kok Cheung


MASCULINE MYSTIQUE illustrates the masculine ideal of wenren or poet-scholar, as promulgated in traditional Chinese drama and as exemplified by Xu Zhimo, a Chinese poet who appears in three Asian American works (as well as in Pearl Buck’s writing). Xu is depicted as a charismatic idealist in Younghill Kang’s autobiographical novel, as a bicultural literary vanguard adored by both British and Chinese intellectuals in Pang-Mei Natasha Chang’s memoir, and as Pearl Buck’s romantic soul mate and lover in Anchee Min’s fiction. His allure can be traced to his cultural hybridity, spirited personality, intellectual generosity, and the ability to draw together a literary community. The chapter also revives a matching feminine ideal, exemplified by the brilliant women of letters to whom Xu is irresistibly attracted.


Romantic Love Chinese Writer Chinese Intellectual Cultural Hybridity Chinese Poetry 
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  • King-Kok Cheung
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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