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Yingelishi: Sinophonic English Poetry and Poetics

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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Music. The nearly supernatural nature of this groundbreaking work can be glimpsed in the book's title: YING LISHI (Chanted Songs, Beautiful Poetry): SINOPHONIC ENGLISH POETRY AND POETICS. When read aloud, YING LISHI (pronounced yeen guh lee shr) sounds like an accented pronunciation of the word "English," while the Chinese reader ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Counterpath Press
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Shaun
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely masterful. The transliteration of Chinese to English and back through again resonates in the heart and mind. I found myself piecing together meanings and words like a torn road map, much like the "character" in the second half of the opera.

Stalling manages to capture the movement of his adopted medium (the phrasebook) and it's inherent storytelling, even with his translation and transliteration. The story goes from meditative to haunting to sorrowful. There are glimpses of joy and un
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World Literature Today
"This book of poetry wanders freely between Chinese and English, leaping over the gap between sound and meaning, providing its readers with an experience virtually unprecedented as the same sounds enact poetic references in both languages simultaneously." - Liu Qian, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

This book was reviewed in the July/August 2012 issue of World Literature Today. The full review is available at our website: http://www.worldliteraturetoday.com/2...
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"Read" it moving between layered, synchronized audio-visual text and linear reading. Can think of few other texts that offer as richly variegated linguistic/translinguistic encounter.

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Jonathan Stalling is Professor of English and Curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive at the University of Oklahoma, where he is also Deputy Executive Director and a founding Editor of Chinese Literature Today journal and book series. Stalling is the author, translator, or editor of six books, including Poetics of Emptiness (Fordham), Yíng?lìsh?: Sinophonic English Poetry and Poetics ...more