Heavenly Scent is Wang An-yi's latest fiction written in 2011 in which the scenario and characters are concerned with the quotidian as she usually portrays in Shanghai. However, the motif deals differently this time with ”embroidery”, a unique traditional handicraft in Chinese art that reflects not only the background of the artisans, but also the history of Chinese textiles. Heavenly Scent belongs to the same genre of material culture in Dream of the Red Chamber and The Golden Lotus digressing into the mainland Chinese modernity of the literatures of the ”wounded” , the ”roots”, and the ”avant garde”. My project will be a pioneering effort to trace and bridge materialism in classical literature and modern literature, and to study how material culture plays a vital role in Chinese modernist novels.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|