Beyond the Debate: The Concept and Practice of Poetry in the 1990s
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
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This paper takes the study of poetry in the 1990s from the perspective of the Pan Feng Debate. It re-understands the adversarial relationship between intellectual writing and popular writing, and also tries to present different features and practical significance of poetry in the 1990s, by deconstructing this debate and the outside-in observation of the debate. The first three chapters explore the spiritual state of poetry in the 1990s with ideological research, and then divides intellectual writing and popular writing into two internal historical lines of intellectual poetry and colloquial poetry, and vertically considers the evolution of new poetry, as well as the legitimacy of poetry in the social and cultural life of the 1990s. The latter four chapters start from four different writing paths, including anti-poetry experiments, individual poetics, cultural communication, coexistence of poetry and the non-poetic era, thinking about how poetry in this period specifically participates in the process of restoring discourse power, and how to re-explain the value of poetry. The poets of the 1990s paid more attention to the position and value of poetry than ever before. And this value is not mainly about the depth of thought. As a pluralistic writing practice, poetry in the 1990s gradually restored the dignity of literature and created a situation of freedom and pluralism. At the same time, it provides a more expressive, communicative, and imaginative language channel for people on the way to rebuild their spiritual world.