Nobel laureate Mo Yan speaks on Chinese literature at UM 諾貝爾得主莫言澳大開講漢語文學 高水平學術對話發人深思

10 Dec 2014


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Mo Yan, the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel Prize in literature and this year’s recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Macau on 7 December spoke on the “Achievements of Chinese Literature and Its Future” at UM’s Doctor honoris causa Forum in the University Hall. During the forum, Mo Yan and Macao Foundation Administrative Committee President Wu Zhiliang and Chair Professor Yang Yi from Department of Chinese, FAH had a high-level academic discussion session, providing a literary feast for a full-house audience.

UM Rector Wei Zhao said that at the honorary degree conferment ceremony, Mo Yan, a current focus of worldwide attention in the field of Chinese literature, officially became a member of UM, which also put UM in the spotlight both locally and internationally. Mo Yan’s becoming a member of UM will without a doubt further enhance the global impact and competitiveness of UM’s Chinese disciplines. Rector Wei Zhao noted that Chinese is one of the key foundational disciplines at UM. Earlier, UM’s Department of Chinese formed an academic alliance with its counterparts at Peking University, Taiwan University, and the University of Hong Kong, and the alliance has successfully organised a series of activities.

During the academic discussion session between Mo Yan, Wu Zhiliang and Yang Yi, which was moderated by UM’s Department of Chinese Head Prof Zhu Shoutong, Mo Yan shared his insightful views on the current state and prospect of contemporary Chinese literature. He discussed the global impact contemporary Chinese has had through the creation of Chinese literature, as well as the positive and negative effects of the geographical and cultural diversity of Chinese literature on the development of literature. Mo also discussed the future of Chinese literature and the challenges ahead. He expressed confidence that Chinese literature will have a bright future.

The forum attracted a full-house audience. Attendees included students and teachers from local universities and secondary schools as well as representatives from various organisations including the Macao Writers Association, and the co-organiser, the Organising Committee of Macao Youths Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Macao SAR. After the forum, Mo Yan attended a book exhibition held in UM Wu Yee Sun Library, where several of his classic novels were exhibited.

Mo Yan is one of China’s foremost living writers. In the mid-1980s, Mo became noted for having written a corpus of in-search-of-roots works with infusions of the raw rural culture. He received the Mao Dun Literature Prize for his novel Frog. In 2012, he received the Nobel Prize in literature for his ability to merge “hallucinatory realism” with “folk tales, history and the contemporary” in his work.

澳門大學榮譽博士、中國首位諾貝爾文學獎得主莫言應澳門大學邀請,於十二月七日在該校大學會堂以“漢語文學的成就與前途"為題開設文學講壇,並與特邀嘉賓澳門基金會行政委員會主席吳志良博士以及澳大講座教授楊義進行了一場高水平的學術對話,為全場觀眾帶來一場極富啓發性的文學盛宴。

澳大校長趙偉致辭時表示,世界漢語文學焦點人物莫言正式加盟為澳大一員,使澳大同時成為世界漢語文學關注焦點之一。澳大得到莫言加盟,無疑更進一步促進澳大中文學科的國際影響力和學術競爭力。趙偉指出,中文學科是澳大重點發展的基礎學科,澳大早前已與北京大學、台灣大學、香港大學的中文系結成了四校中文學科學術聯盟,並成功舉行一系列活動。

在莫言與吳志良和楊義進行的精彩學術對話中,就當代漢語文學發展現況及前景發表見解,剖析了當代華人於漢語寫作上產生的世界性意義和影響,以及漢語文學的地域多元性和文化多元性對文學發展本身的優劣勢,並就漢語文學面臨的困難和應有的前途等問題進行探討,確認漢語文學具有光明的前程。論壇尾聲,主持人澳大人文學院中文系主任朱壽桐以對聯“莫言縱橫論文學,好生了得;吳楊上下說古今,端的精彩。”總結了論壇內容。

是次論壇全場一千座位並無虛席,觀眾除大學和中學的師生外,還有澳門社會各界代表、澳門筆會等社團代表以及合辦單位的澳門青年慶祝特區成立十五周年活動委員會代表。論壇結束後,莫言出席了於澳大伍宜孫圖書館二樓空中花園舉行的書展。該書展陳列了莫言多本經典著作,吸引一眾師生和學者駐足參觀。

莫言是中國當代著名作家,自一九八○年代始,以一系列鄉土作品崛起,充滿著“懷鄉”以及“怨鄉”的複雜情感,被歸類為“尋根文學”作家。憑長篇小說《蛙》獲第八屆茅盾文學獎。二○一二年,莫言因其“用魔幻現實主義將民間故事、歷史和現代融為一體”獲得諾貝爾文學獎。

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