吴盛青，香港科技大学人文学部教授，先后在复旦大学、加州大学洛杉矶分校获得硕士、博士学位，曾为哈佛大学费正清东亚中心王安博士后、哈佛大学燕京学社访问学人。出版专著有《现代之古风》（Modern Archaics: Continuity and Innovation in the Chinese Lyric Tradition,1900-1937）(哈佛大学东亚中心，2013年），编著有《抒情传统与维新时代：辛亥前后的文人、文学、文化》（上海文艺出版社，2012年）（与高嘉谦合编）、《旅行的图像与文本：现代华语语境中的媒介互动》（《复旦中华文明研究专刊》，复旦大学出版社，2016年）。主要关注晚清民国诗歌与文人文化，图像与文字的关系等。吴盛青教授于2013年8月至2014年2月在复旦大学中华文明国际研究中心从事访学研究，《光影诗学：中国抒情传统与现代媒介文化》（Photo Poetics: Chinese Lyricism and Modern Media Culture）一书为吴教授在中心访问期间的研究成果。
Chinese Lyricism and Modern Media Culture
Columbia University Press
Chinese poetry has a long history of interaction with the visual arts. Classical aesthetic thought held that painting, calligraphy, and poetry were cross-fertilizing and mutually enriching. What happened when the Chinese poetic tradition encountered photography, a transformative technology and presumably realistic medium that reshaped seeing and representing the world?
Shengqing Wu explores how the new medium of photography was transformed by Chinese aesthetic culture. She details the complex negotiations between poetry and photography in the late Qing and early Republican eras, examining the ways traditional textual forms collaborated with the new visual culture. Drawing on extensive archival research into illustrated magazines, poetry collections, and vintage photographs, Photo Poetics analyzes a wide range of practices and genres, including self-representation in portrait photography; gifts of inscribed photographs; mass-media circulation of images of beautiful women; and photography of ghosts, immortals, and imagined landscapes. Wu argues that the Chinese lyrical tradition provided rich resources for artistic creativity, self-expression, and embodied experience in the face of an increasingly technological and image-oriented society. An interdisciplinary study spanning literary studies, visual culture, and media history, Photo Poetics is an original account of media culture in early twentieth-century China and the formation of Chinese literary and visual modernities.
What happened when photography met Chinese poetry? What kind of creative energy was released by this encounter, not only in these two specific fields but also in literary expression, visual culture, and aesthetic experience generally? Thought-provoking answers to these and related questions are found in this highly original, erudite, and thoroughly researched book. A remarkable piece of scholarship.
Photo Poetics presents an encyclopedic treatment of the development of Chinese photography as cultural history. Wu considers this new form of image-text as a cultural artifact and an “intermedial” work of art with close connections with classical Chinese painting and poetry. This book is a major achievement and a milestone in the study of photo poetics.