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Meet the IWP: Ge Fei

As one of several University of Iowa home page features, 'Meet the IWP' provides a very brief introduction to the writers from around the globe who will be in residence this fall through the International Writing Program (IWP). In this edition, the UI interviews Ge Fei.

"China has played an important role in the history of the International Writing Program, ever since the program’s founding in 1967. Ge Fei (the pen name for Liu Yong), a professor of literature and film theory at Qinghua University, is considered one of China’s leading experimental writers. He became a central figure in the avant-garde/experimental literature of the 1980s after the publication of his second story “Lost Boat” (Michuan), using a meta-fictional style influenced by Borges. His next story, “A Flock of Birds” (Hese niaoqun), is generally acknowledged to be one of the most intricate, psychoanalytical, and esoteric stories of the late 1980s." Read more...


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