y The English Class single work   novel  
  • Author: Yu Ouyang http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/ouyang-yu
Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'At the end of the Cultural Revolution in China in the late 1970s Jing, an educated youth (zhishi qingnian) who has spent a few years as a peasant in the countryside, becomes a truck driver in a provincial shipyard. He manages to teach himself English in adverse circumstances while driving his truck, eventually passing the examination to get into the English Class at Donghu University. There, he meets with classmates from vastly different cultural backgrounds and falls in love with Deirdre, the estranged partner of Dr Wagner the English teacher. This engaging and masterful novel explores the aspiration of many to migrate to English speaking countries. Like much of Ouyang's work it subtly deconstructs the mechanisms of colonialism against an increasingly vibrant Chinese economy. The vivid fictional life of a Chinese truck driver who aspires to the western life is beautifully and evocatively realised.' -- From the publisher's website

Notes

  • Dedication: To Zuo Zhen who gave me the tongue to create a second tongue.
  • Epigraph:

    At night he stands up, the distant call of birds

    already deep inside him; and feels bold

    because he has taken all the galaxies

    into his face, not lightly-, oh not like someone

    who prepares a night like this for his beloved

    and treats her to the skies that he has known.

    -Rainer Maria Rilke

    The Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

    to have lived

    through one solitude to arrive at another,

    to feel oneself many things and recover wholeness.

    -Pablo Neruda

    The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

  • Epigraph:

    I couldn't make love in English -An unnamed interviewee Quoted in Kachru, Asian Englishes

    So much takes place in the head, so little is known and fixed. -Jonathan Raban Soft City

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Yarraville, Footscray - Maribyrnong area, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,: Transit Lounge , 2010 .
      Extent: 397p.
      ISBN: 9780980571783

Works about this Work

Book Review : The English Class Michael X. Savvas , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Ingenuity Stumbles in Artifice Peter Fuller , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 February 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Untitled Sandy McCutcheon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 -5 September 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Untitled Jackie Tang , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 90 no. 2 2010; (p. 31)

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Language Comes to Life Peter Pierce , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30-31 October 2010; (p. 34)

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Sally Fitzpatrick reviews The English Class by Ouyang Yu Sally Fitzpatrick , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , October no. 8 2010;

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Untitled Sandy McCutcheon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 -5 September 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Untitled Jackie Tang , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 90 no. 2 2010; (p. 31)

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Language Comes to Life Peter Pierce , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30-31 October 2010; (p. 34)

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Sally Fitzpatrick reviews The English Class by Ouyang Yu Sally Fitzpatrick , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , October no. 8 2010;

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Ingenuity Stumbles in Artifice Peter Fuller , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 February 2011; (p. 24)

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
Book Review : The English Class Michael X. Savvas , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of The English Class Yu Ouyang 2010 single work novel
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