Ancestral Intelligence

Renditions & Poems

In Ancestral Intelligence, Vera Schwarcz has added a forceful and fascinating work to her ever-growing list of publications depicting the cultural landscape of contemporary China. Here, she has created stunning “renditions” of poems by a mid-20th century dissident poet, Chen Yinke, and has added a group of her own poems in harmony with Chen Yinke’s. Like his, her poems show a degradation of culture and humanity, in this case through comparison of classic and modern Chinese logographs.  —Antrim House

Vera Schwarcz
Antrim House
July 2013

Vera Schwarcz is the Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University. Her areas of expertise include Chinese intellectual history, historical narratives, poetry, and comparative memory studies. She is the author of eight books, including Bridge Across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory (Yale University Press, 1999) and three collections of poetry. She received her M.A. from Yale University, M.A.A. from Wesleyan University, and Ph.D from Stanford University.