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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 1–9.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Yunte Huang; Hangping Xu Abstract This article, introduction to the special issue, lays out the theoretical groundwork for reading Chinese poetry. Situating critical discussions of Chinese poetry within the larger discourse of world literature, the introduction examines key concepts and concerns...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 117–138.
Published: 01 March 2023
... to geopolitical reasons. This article begins with an overview of the introduction of Russian literature into Taiwan in the twentieth century. Then it focuses on the Russian imaginary in modern Chinese poetry in Taiwan as represented by two major poets: Ya Xian and Yang Mu. Rather than an influence study...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 10–25.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Haun Saussy Abstract Readers of Chinese poetry in English translation have long been accustomed to seeing Wang Wei's quatrain “Lu zhai” as a microcosm of the Chinese poetic tradition. Thematically, it is also a world in miniature, including an “empty mountain,” “human voices,” and “returning...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 138–169.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Lucas Klein Abstract Examining how contemporary poets raised in China are looking at classical Chinese poetry from the Tang—in particular, the poetry and the figure of Li Bai 李白 (701–762)—this article questions the epistemological divide, common to scholarship, between premodern and modern Chinese...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 77–96.
Published: 01 March 2023
... in English, “An Early Chinese Version of Longfellow's ‘A Psalm of Life,’” to emphasize the historical significance of this early piece of poetry translation. Not until 1948 was Qian able to publish this commentary in Philobiblion: A Quarterly Review of Chinese Publications , an English-language periodical...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 177–200.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., the way it shapes intersubjectivities by crafting lyric speakers—are everywhere in contemporary Chinese cultural studies. This article aims to make visible the ways in which poetry writing drives some contemporary scholarship, and in so doing to argue that this turn-in-progress has a future as a deep...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 225–247.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Hangping Xu Abstract This article advances a critical account of Chinese internet poetry as performative speech acts by focusing on the rise of Yu Xiuhua as a “crip” figure. Then, discussing Yu's poetry as world literature via translation, it posits a performative framework of translation...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Xiaobing Tang Abstract “The Answer,” a poem by Bei Dao first published in 1978, marks the emergence of a defiant voice in contemporary Chinese poetry and asserts skepticism as the political stance of a young generation in post–Cultural Revolution China. It also heralds a historic transition from...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 139–162.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., place, and time but is a fundamental aspect of contemporary literature. It exemplifies the falsity of the opposition between the local and global, between national literatures and literature that circulates in translation, between Chinese poetry and the world. Fully recognizing the role of translation...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 97–116.
Published: 01 March 2023
... in politicized contexts? Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910–1940 is an important collection and translation of poems etched in the walls of the Angel Island detention center. Though the Angel Island poems were mostly composed after the 1919 vernacular revolution in Chinese...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 85–114.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Maghiel van Crevel Abstract Battlers poetry ( dagong shige 打工詩歌), a genre whose name has mostly been rendered in English as “migrant worker poetry” to date, presents an important development in Chinese literature since the 2000s. Written by members of a new precariat that plays a key role...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 54–76.
Published: 01 March 2023
... in the collection, this article illustrates how classical Chinese xiangyan poetry was evolving in the global context at the turn of the twentieth century. Although Zhou was not a poet engaging in the genre itself, through critical intervention, he connected Chinese xiangyan poetry to the global discourse of love...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 201–224.
Published: 01 March 2023
... Pym as the general activity of communication between cultural groups. 7 By “foreign” I mean that this work is published outside China, in other languages than Chinese. Yet, while foreign work on battler poetry has been gathering steam since the early 2010s, it has overwhelmingly engaged with just...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 293–299.
Published: 01 March 2021
...; a review written for a certain audience must take sides in the battle between area studies and comparative literature. This tension comes to a head in reviewing Jacob Edmond's Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media for a journal addressing “theory and modern Chinese literature.” In covering...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 102–124.
Published: 01 March 2022
... “technologies of orthography” pivoting on the Sinograph across three modalities of Sinophone expression: Taiwanese concrete poetry, transnational Chinese text-based art, and ludic mediatizations of the written script. It then speculates on the social psychological meaning of the spectacularized Sinograph...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 157–173.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of the greatest poets in the Chinese-speaking world. To date, he has published fifteen books of original poetry (including a verse drama), most of which are collected in three tomes. His poetry has been the subject of more than a dozen studies, including one book in English and fifteen theses in Chinese. 1 He...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 163–176.
Published: 01 March 2023
... speculative operation aimed at acknowledging and harnessing the personal and cultural context in which the two authors produced their works: Why did Mahler choose Chinese Tang poetry as the source text for his work? Why did Zhang Zao choose a piece of Western classical music, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 207–211.
Published: 01 March 2020
... three chapters and titled “Translating Antiquity into Revolution,” explores Guo's rewritings and reinterpretations of classical Chinese poetry and history. By illuminating the “convergence of translation and historical interpretation” (37), Wang argues that the perpetual translation of historical time...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 399–429.
Published: 01 October 2020
... is expressed in words is poetry. Emotion is stirred inside and manifests itself in words. 詩者,志之所之也,在心為志,發言為詩,情動於中而形於言。 53 This passage strikes us as a rephrasing of Shi yan zhi 詩言志 (“Poetry expresses intent”), generally thought to be the oldest Chinese statement on poetry, purportedly made...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 394–410.
Published: 01 September 2022
... toward Chinese language and the sense of ethnic sentiments enfolded within. Teachers prior to World War II were basically nanlai wenren 南來文人 (southbound scholars). Their worlds of poetry often encapsulated their nostalgic melancholy and an attendant sense of entrapment as they helplessly watched...