Presentation Title: Ah Yi and The Bird Saw Me: Existentialist Thought in Chinese Literature

Section: Disruption and its prevention II

Location: , 104

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:15am - 11:30am


In his 2010 novel The Bird Saw Me, the new and upcoming author Ah Yi presents a raw and, some may say, coarse depiction of Chinese life. Based on translations conducted for my senior project, I argue that the primary reason behind Ah Yi’s sudden and rapid rise in Chinese literature is derived from his masterful amalgamation of existentialist thought and philosophy into his seemingly simple literature. While certainly not the first writer to stray from traditional Chinese values, Ah Yi embeds existentialist thought into his literature as a means transmitting his message of the need to relinquish these traditions and live one's life to the utmost.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Literary Studies

Presentation Topic: China/Asia

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Presenter(s): Coblin, Alex Blake
Major(s): Chinese; Political Science
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Xu, Wei He, Du, Hang
Dept(s): Chinese

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