Renowned Poet Ya Hsien’s Lecture on “Sounds Outside the Realm of Strings” (11/26/13)

The afternoon of November 26th 2013, renowned Taiwan poet cum media personality Ya Hsien delivered a lecture at Beijing University at the invitation of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies. He also conversed at length with various scholars on the topic of contemporary poetry: Director Xie Min, head of BU’s Chinese Poetics Institute, Professor Ji Birui from BU’s Department of Chinese Literature, and Professor Wang Jiaxin from Renmin University of China’s Faculty of Arts.

 

Ya Hsien is an outstanding modern poet of the Sinic world. Born in Nanyang, Henan Province, he reached Taiwan with the troops that landed in 1949 and enrolled in the drama department at the Fuxing Gang Institute in 1953. A former editor-in-chief of the Huaxin Center for Cultural Enterprise as well as the Youth Culture Company Journal, he went to the US in 1974 to continue his studies, completing a doctorate in East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin.  By October 1977, he had returned to Taiwan and become chief editor of the Unity Evening News Supplement, thereafter rising to the dual positions of Director of the UENS and deputy editor of the Unity News.

 

在本次活动中,痖弦发表了题为“现代诗的寻根——北大与中国新诗传统”的演讲,集中探讨了北大与中国新诗发生的关系,列举了其心目中影响深远的北大诗人。北京大学诗歌研究院院长、中文系教授谢冕先生作为嘉宾出席讲座,并发表了热情洋溢的致辞。在对话环节,王家新教授、计璧瑞教授分别就当代新诗、台湾文学等话题与瘂弦先生展开讨论。随后北京大学五四文学社的同学们吟诵了《早晨》、《红玉米》、《那不勒斯》等痖弦经典作品。在王家新教授的盛情邀请下,痖弦还亲自朗诵了其经典诗作《盐》,获得了全场的热烈掌声。

痖弦于11月25日在北京大学百周年纪念讲堂获颁第四届中坤国际诗歌奖,其现代诗充满了超现实主义的色彩,口语生动活泼、音乐性强,因其富有创造性和开拓精神的诗作获得众多诗歌爱好者的推崇。通过本次讲座,北大师生就关心的问题与痖弦进行了真诚的交流和讨论,对于中国新诗的溯源和发展有了更加全面的认识。

此次活动为北京大学高等人文研究院“华语文学系列对话·讲座”的活动之一。近年来,通过与中国语言文学系、中国诗歌研究院等学术单位合办的方式,高研院已经连续邀请到林文月、杨牧、瘂弦等具有国际背景的华语文学大家作客北大,分享其运用中国文学传统进行跨文化书写的经验。作为“文化中国”议题在文学层面的体现,该系列活动还将在高研院继续举办下去。