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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
... to first share my appreciation of their critical insights and then invite everyone, participants and readers alike, to consider the inevitable limitations of our theoretical and professional commitments so that we may find possible ways to overcome them. The ten articles in this issue neatly fall...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 430–456.
Published: 01 October 2020
...,” Chinese scholars have also been inspired to reconceptualize the notion of the Orient in recent decades. By examining the formation of the notion of dongfang 東方 (the Orient) through journal publications, academic disciplinary construction, and the writing of oriental history, this article observes how...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 March 2019
... publication in Prism , either as a themed cluster in a regular issue or as a special themed issue. We will also set up a forum titled “Emergent Topics in Modern Chinese Literature” to publish short essays, manifestos, statements, polemical articles, rejoinders, and so on, that bear upon new developments...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 188–209.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Chia-Ju Chang Abstract This article uses a non-Western, scientific, and ecocritical perspective to explore the nature-cultural phenomenon of “smog life,” that is, outdoor activities taking place on a smog day, such as hiking, enjoying the fog, or practicing taiji . It presents a sharp contrast...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 174–196.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Yingjin Zhang Abstract This article examines ways of seeing China in Isaac Julien's nine-screen film installation Ten Thousand Waves (2010), which represents a migratory aesthetic based on evocative translocality and mobile spectatorship. As Julien reconstructs the legend of compassionate Mazu...
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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): 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 (2019) 16 (1): 19–32.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Carlos Rojas Abstract Taking Jia Pingwa's 2013 novel Daideng 帶燈 (The Lantern Bearer) as its focal point, this article considers a series of allusions to insects in this and other works. The article takes these references to insects in Jia's literary publications as a starting point for reflecting...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 298–319.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Yomi Braester Abstract Diverse artifacts in contemporary Chinese visual culture—from urban screens to architectural models, art exhibits, and viral media—share a panoramic breadth. This article suggests, however, that we should regard panorama not as a preordained form but as a discursive construct...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... of the cosmos, historicizes regional ecologies in order to illuminate global dynamics, and acknowledges deterritorialization. While mourning loss, it resists sentimentalizing cultural narratives that rationalize the genocide of species as inevitable. This article focuses on three contemporary eco-writers...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 326–352.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Kenny K. K. Ng Abstract This article examines the promises and predicaments of May Fourth writers in their experimental writing of the “long novel” ( changpian xiaoshuo 長篇小說) as a Chinese brand of the modern epic. May Fourth intellectuals showed a conscious effort to institute a new brand...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 114–137.
Published: 01 March 2021
... flourished in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. According to the records of the Hong Kong Film Archive, from 1949 to 1968 there were ninety-three film adaptations of radio novels and dramas. Besides drawing the historical contours of the radio-film network in the postwar colonial city, this article studies two...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Haiyan Lee Abstract This article revisits a controversy that initially unfolded three decades ago. The immediate impetus for revisiting the controversy is the thirtieth anniversary of the 1989 protests that ended in a massacre in Tiananmen Square. An intermediate reason is to reflect on how...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 104–126.
Published: 01 March 2020
... by both commentators and practitioners. However, BL's increasing interweaving with homosexuality and sexual minorities in China requires scholars to reread and redefine BL practice in its Chinese context. This article discusses some of the recent transformations of the BL genre in China, examines...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 157–173.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Michelle Yeh Abstract This article provides the first comprehensive study of the use of ancient Greek and Roman allusions and motifs in the poetry of Yang Mu. By focusing on representative works from Yang's oeuvre, the study sheds light on how the poet's appropriations of Greco-Roman materials...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 57–78.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Frances Weightman Abstract The authorial preface to works of fiction provides a unique space for exploration of authorial self-fashioning and author-reader mediation. This article argues that, when works of fiction are translated and new prefaces written for a new readership, these prefaces can...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 143–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... breakthroughs. After June 4, 1989, however, Liu's life took unexpected twists and turns. He exiled himself overseas, finally settling down in the United States. In the ensuing three decades, he has produced dozens of books, articles, and essays, some of which—including Farwell to Revolution (1995)—have become...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Min Qiao Abstract This article delves into Liu Zaifu's theoretical construction of subjectivity and his reflections on the dominant paradigm of revolution and enlightenment in twentieth-century China. Realizing the incompleteness and insufficiency of his contemplation on individual subjectivity...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 277–297.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Carlos Rojas Abstract Taking as its starting point Michel Foucault's use of the biological species metaphor in his claim that, in nineteenth-century Europe, “the homosexual was now a new species,” this article considers the sudden explosion of homoerotic activities and cultural representations...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 298–325.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Keru Cai Abstract This article examines Ding Ling's 丁玲 (1904–86) practice of intertextuality in her famous 1927 story “Shafei nüshi de riji” 莎菲女士的日記 (Miss Sophia's Diary) by means of the Bakhtinian concept of dialogism. Sophia's diary is in dialogue with a plethora of texts she has read...