Culture minister applauds work of late literary critic
January 2, 2014, 12:14 am TWN
TAIPEI -- Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai has praised the contributions of renowned Chinese literary critic Hsia Chih-tsing, who died Dec. 29 in New York at the age of 92.
Hsia was a unique figure in contemporary world literature, Lung said Tuesday.
“He was familiar with Western literature and had prophet-like aesthetic insights on Chinese-language literature,” Lung said, adding that the critic's passion and lifelong dedication to literature will be remembered.
Hsia, born in Shanghai in 1921, is known for introducing modern Chinese literature to the West and was credited with helping Chinese writers such as Eileen Chang, Shen Congwen and Qian Zhongshu to gain greater recognition in the West.
Hsia's book, “A History of Modern Chinese Fiction,” published in English in 1961, was a pioneering study of 20th century Chinese fiction.
Hsia held a Ph.D. in English from Yale University and taught at several universities, including the University of Michigan and Columbia University, before retiring from teaching in 1991.
He was elected an academician of Taiwan's top research body, Academia Sinica, in 2006.