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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 136–156.
Published: 01 March 2019
...David Der-wei Wang Abstract This article seeks to analyze the contested conditions of modern and contemporary Chinese utopia, as a political treatise, a literary genre, and a social imaginary. It takes a historical perspective from which to describe the rise of utopia in the late Qing era and...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 57–78.
Published: 01 March 2020
... fictional work. 1 When considering prefaces written specifically for translated texts, which travel across national borders, a new dimension is added: that of the translated work and its new imagined readership. The authorial preface, long privileged in Chinese literary tradition, allows the author to...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 199–202.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Géraldine Fiss The Chinese Political Novel: Migration of a World Genre . Catherine Vance Yeh . CAMBRIDGE, MA : HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS , 2015 . 429 PP. Copyright © 2020 Lingnan University 2020 This book illuminates the “steep, short and international career” of the...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 207–211.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Frederik H. Green The Translatability of Revolution: Guo Moruo and Twentieth-Century Chinese Culture . Pu Wang . CAMBRIDGE, MA : HARVARD UNIVERSITY ASIA CENTER , 2018 . 336 PP. Copyright © 2020 Lingnan University 2020 In the conclusion of his extensive and wide-ranging...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 399–429.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Zong-qi Cai Abstract The term qing 情 (emotion) has lain at the core of Chinese thinking about literature from antiquity through modern times. It is of profound paradigmatic significance because each major reconceptualization of qing by literary writers and scholars almost invariably signifies and...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
... 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 (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—are...
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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 the...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., this article argues that he seeks to further detach literature from politics by calling for various transcendental dimensions of Chinese literary works beyond the realistic one and by paying intense attention to the literary descriptions of people's sin of complicity and their inner struggle. Liu's...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
... took advantage of the peripheries of both Western and Chinese cultures to discover the location of the “third zone” from which to return to the original self and the pure heart influenced by Zen Buddhism. In his third life journey, he completely identified with a cosmopolitan status, which enabled him...
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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 in...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 236–259.
Published: 01 October 2019
... an array of Chinese writings and films. It argues that the hoax is a useful concept to explain certain practices, styles, and trends in Chinese literary history. Further it proposes that the hoax offers a theoretical paradigm for rethinking more venerated categories, such as creativity, art, and...
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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): 432–455.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Laikwan Pang; Chun-Kit Ko Abstract This essay argues that the two main types of contemporary Chinese scripts, complicated characters ( fantizi 繁體字) and simplified characters ( jiantizi 簡體字), are sites of heavy cultural and political contestation. The two script systems witness the internal...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., coedited a newsletter produced in the IWP offices, participated in political demonstrations, and published correspondence in Hong Kong in support of the Baodiao movement. The author argues that Gu's activities co-opted a Cold War institution to promote collective political action among the Chinese diaspora...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of sin” ( zuigan wenxue 罪感文學), the author shows how religious ethics became a crucial medium for them to reflect on the theologico-political aspects of Chinese revolutionary culture. In particular, Li's cultures of pleasure were grounded in the May Fourth aesthetic discourse that highlighted the...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Ban Wang Abstract As a champion of May Fourth enlightenment and a critic of Chinese tradition, Lu Xun is less understood as a prescient critic of the myth of science and technological rationality. Walter Benjamin invoked the utopian reconciliation of humans and nature from premodern culture in...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 353–398.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Martin Svensson Ekström Abstract The author argues that the Greek tradition of ekphrasis and the Chinese genre of fu 賦 share at least two essential characteristics: they are devoted to exhaustive descriptions and are manifestly nonmetaphorical. The six texts under scrutiny—Mei Sheng's fu poem “Qi...
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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 (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 and by...