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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 430–456.
Published: 01 October 2020
... in Chinese academia. As Chinese scholar Wang Xiangyuan 王向遠 recollected, at the beginning of the 1950s, Chinese foreign literature study, modeled on the Soviet academia, was further divided into three subfields: Western literature (or European and American literature), oriental literature, and Soviet Russian...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 479–500.
Published: 01 October 2021
... nationalist movements during the 1950s. Unlike Anwar's modernist poems that thrive in Indonesia, Wei Beihua's works were considered outliers during a period when realist literature was deemed an effective tool for social mobilization in postwar Malaya. Nonetheless, it is critical for us to recognize that Wei...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 526–537.
Published: 01 October 2021
...-Chinese literature 1950s literature local landscape political agency minority identity References Anderson, Benedict . Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism . London : Verso , 1991 . Berman, Marshall . All That Is Solid Melts into Air . New...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 114–137.
Published: 01 March 2021
... in late 1950s Hong Kong of any real literature with profound “interior truth” ( neizai zhenshi 內在真實), he involuntarily, even self-indulgently, conjures up a collage of the cityscape by means of various affective, tactile, and extravagant details. Dance music from the radio and voices from serialized...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 315–320.
Published: 01 October 2021
... and local responses, and between state imposition and indigenous articulation. The most important medium under discussion is language in its crystallized form, literature. These essays project a kaleidoscopic vista in which borderlands are instituted and imagined, delimited and deleted, traversed and trans...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 3–18.
Published: 01 March 2019
... In the edited volume Petrified Utopia: Happiness Soviet Style , authors trace a simplified, standardized version of happiness promoted by the state and embraced by individuals. In the positive emotions encouraged through literature, art, film, advertising, and daily life practices such as cooking, the volume...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
... vulgar and unsophisticated, which was precisely Lin Shu's 林紓 (1852–1924) worry about the invasion of uncivil language. After one hundred years, the achievement of the New Literature movement is far from ideal. Especially in the 1950s–1970s, Chinese literature was severely politicized and stereotyped...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 197–200.
Published: 01 March 2019
...). But by then the young Wang Meng was already in a Xinjiang labor camp, a victim of the Hundred Flowers and Anti-Rightist Campaigns. As Song shows in this final chapter of Young China , the exuberance of national victory was tamed by the ideological imperatives of late 1950s, only to be rechanneled into radical activism...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
... literature reinvokes primordial human-nature bonds to combat the contemporary obsession with science, technocratic elites, and domination of nature and humans, in ways that anticipate Benjamin's similar moves about two decades later. Wang's ecocritical rediscovery of Lu Xun is thought provoking as it leads...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 157–173.
Published: 01 March 2019
... is also the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious National Award for Culture and Art in Taiwan (2000), the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature in the United States (2013), and the Cikada Prize in Sweden (2016). One salient feature of Yang Mu is his dual identity as a major poet...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 244–263.
Published: 01 October 2020
...) and artistic circles (independent cinema and literature). This article looks at Hong Kong literature—Wu Xubin's 吳煦斌 (1949–) stories, Dung Kai-cheung's 董啟章 (1967–) literary experiments, and a recent edited volume about plants—to determine how ecotopian imaginaries and cultural identities are closely linked...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 207–211.
Published: 01 March 2020
... them as “emblems of social history rather than mere characters” (186), an act of interpretive translation that Wang sees imbued with “profound hermeneutic dimension” (186). Chapter 5 focuses on Guo's representation of Chinese antiquity in a set of historical plays he composed in the 1940s and 1950s...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 255–259.
Published: 01 March 2022
...’ and ‘industrial-as-artisanal’” (178). With its focus on socialist films from the 1950s and the first half of the 1960s, chapter 6 looks at a different kind of crossing: young people's railway travel from cities to China's frontier regions, where they devote themselves wholeheartedly to transforming wasteland...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... with the central ideology” were regarded as dissident voices of the other. 12 Similarly, Liu held that Chinese literature from the 1950s to 1970s heavily, if not entirely, relied on a particular foreign “ism” introduced from the Soviet Union. Moreover, in the new era after the 1980s, Chinese writers and critics...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 368–389.
Published: 01 October 2019
... emergency and biosecurity can be retold from the perspective of a critical geopolitics, however. Charting alternative origin stories for this discourse yields three key moments in US geopolitical history: the post-9/11 War on Terror, the late 1980s–90s post–Cold War period, and the 1950s early Cold War era...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 408–431.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Petrus Liu Abstract This essay proposes a reconceptualization of the Cold War as a critical methodology for the study of contemporary Chinese-language cultures and literatures. Arguing that the Cold War is not over but simply transformed, the author redefines it as an enduring “problematic...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2020
... . 54 Greenback culture refers to American-financed organizations overseas in the 1950s and 1960s that supported translations of American literature, publications dedicated to literature and culture, and employment for anticommunist Chinese intellectuals. The Chinese Student Weekly , for instance...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 6–27.
Published: 01 March 2022
... connectedness of temporal and spatial relationships that are artistically expressed in literature.” 4 The chronotope also implies a perspective in narration; in Bahktin's words, it asks, “From what temporal and spatial point of view does the author look upon the events that he describes?” 5 Due...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 211–220.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Carlos Rojas Copyright © 2019 Lingnan University 2019 In 1960 Japanese scholar of Chinese literature Takeuchi Yoshimi gave a pair of lectures titled “Asia as Method,” in which he considered how one might engage with Western theory from an East Asian perspective. In this intervention...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 28–45.
Published: 01 March 2022
..., and gender. yeelmw@hku.hk Copyright © 2022 Lingnan University 2022 Chinese literature ghost chronotope post-socialist China urban Although the exhaustion and brutal exploitation of nature in the name of progress has been decried in recent decades, post-socialist China continues...