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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
... the methodological questions at the heart of that controversy are still very much alive as the protean field of Chinese studies continues reinventing itself in relation to theory. A still deeper reason is to rethink, via Bruno Latour, the status of fiction in the age of posttruth and fake news—a task incumbent upon...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 399–429.
Published: 01 October 2020
... and undergirds a new direction of literary production and reception. Mapping out qing' s long and complex lexical-conceptual history over the millennia is crucial to the study of Chinese literary thought, premodern and modern alike. In undertaking such a historicized macro study, this article consistently...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 501–525.
Published: 01 October 2021
...Kyle Shernuk Abstract By interrogating the borderlands of the discipline of Chinese literature, this article argues that Chinese literary studies should recognize non-Sinitic-language literatures that engage with issues of Chineseness as proper objects of study. Prevailing frameworks in Chinese...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 390–407.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Shuang Shen Abstract The current state of Chinese literary studies is undergoing a process of re(b)ordering where the nation-state is no longer seen as the only acceptable framing for Chinese literature, and existing identificatory markers of Chinese literature—locality, language, ethnicity...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 430–456.
Published: 01 October 2020
... of Europe and the United States and how Chinese academia repositioned itself in response to the adoption of Western criticism on Orientalism in the 1980s. This article also traces the institutionalization of oriental literature studies in modern China under the influence of both Soviet Russian and Western...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
.... This opening article aptly exemplifies our collective endeavor to cross boundaries between modern and premodern studies, between Western and Chinese literary and cultural theories. Just as Walter Benjamin's (1892–1940) critique of technoscientific rationality has been reinterpreted in ecocritical terms, Wang...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 208–210.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and emotional investment), and politics (e.g., the rise of mass politics and participatory publics)—that worked together in shaping the modern Chinese crowd discourse. One of the well-known storylines that dominates modern Chinese studies is that the rise of the individual during the May Fourth period...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 49–69.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Jasmine Yu-Hsing Chen Abstract This article explores how gendered Chineseness is represented, circulated, and received in Huangmei musical films for audiences in martial-law Taiwan. Focusing on Love Eterne (1963), the analysis examines how theatrical impersonations in the film provided a “queer...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 1–8.
Published: 01 March 2021
... had been figured as a “father” and had been publicly executed in a grand spectacle, the question arose: what new social, affective, and political imaginaries would take the place of the puissance paternelle (power of the father) in the new Republic? 2 In Chinese studies, anthropologist Aihwa Ong...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Li Guo Abstract This essay offers a study of male homoeroticism in an unconventional and yet seminal nineteenth-century woman-authored tanci work, Fengshuangfei 鳳雙飛 (Phoenixes Flying Together; preface dated 1899) by Cheng Huiying 程蕙英 (before 1859–after 1899). Perhaps the only tanci known today...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 304–309.
Published: 01 March 2021
... in a way that will benefit Chinese studies and beyond” (189). Another goal is to demonstrate that in China and Europe, at roughly the same time (late Ming and Enlightenment), paradigm shifts were under way that redefined what it meant to be in the world and sympathetically engaged with it. Making the case...
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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): 35–56.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Yiju Huang Abstract Lu Xun 魯迅 (1881–1936) has remained a most prominent figure in modern Chinese literary studies, but not so in modern Buddhism scholarship. This article shows the interlacing of Lu Xun's revolutionary vision with Buddhism on three primary terrains: his indebtedness to his teacher...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 264–276.
Published: 01 October 2020
... of sexuality Chinese sexuality sexual taxonomy same-sex relations cross-culture studies At the turn of the twentieth century Chinese sexuality experienced a metamorphosis resulting from the cultural collision between China and foreign countries. Literary studies of gender and sexuality were dominated...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 210–234.
Published: 01 March 2021
... of literature and cinema studies, this new sense of totality generated a turn of critical orientation toward the planet. In 2009, the publication of Chinese Ecocinema: In the Age of Environmental Challenge marked the first book-length academic engagement with ecological consciousness in Chinese-language...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 174–196.
Published: 01 March 2019
... performance. In addition to evaluating new concepts and new techniques at work in the cross-fertilization of cinema and other visual media in the new millennium, this article complicates Julien's celebrated political poetics by highlighting his problematic reception by ethnic Chinese spectators...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 33–61.
Published: 01 March 2019
...說家的形成 [ Examining the Biographies of Lü Yunqing and Gao Jianhua: The Shaping of Late Qing and Early Republican Female Fiction Writers ]. Dongwu Zhongwen xuebao 東吳中文學報 [ Soochow Journal of Chinese Studies ], no. 26 ( 2013 ): 213 – 44 . Judge, Joan . Republican Lens: Gender, Visuality...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 321–342.
Published: 01 October 2021
... historiographies; Ge Zhaoguang 葛兆光 argues that Gu Jiegang's idea of the history of Chinese territory is a constant outward territorialization by Han Chinese from the center. Dan Shao, too, points out that Ling Chunsheng's study of frontier minorities defined them as culturally inferior, and that scholars...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 115–135.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Ban Wang Abstract Contemporary environmental crises have their origin in the anthropocentric view of humans as separable from and superior to the natural world. Anthropocentrism also marks the realist author of modern Chinese fiction. Departing from that human-centered view, Shen Congwen's work...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 315–320.
Published: 01 October 2021
... of Sinophone studies has shed significant light on Chinese borderland studies, particularly in the area of language and literature. But the extant paradigm of Sinophone studies tends to reject mainland China and embrace overseas Chinese-speaking communities in terms of the postcolonial, dichotomous model, thus...