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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 (2021) 18 (1): 256–270.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Patrice D. Douglass Abstract This essay approaches Blackness as a social contagion to examine the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and police violence. By placing the COVID-19 deaths of Black people who are refused hospital treatment in critical conversation with police murders during...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 368–389.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Belinda Kong Abstract This essay deploys the concept of pandemic as a set of discursive relations rather than a neutral description of a natural phenomenon, arguing that pandemic discourse is a product of layered histories of power that in turn reproduces myriad forms of imperial and racial power...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 260–297.
Published: 01 October 2019
... as to be almost endemic. The essay then goes on to show how some of China's leading artists now work profusely with refuse—as a core theme of the precarious present—while noting the strange anomaly that their works offer up scant if any space for the figure of the waste picker. The artist, instead, has taken over...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 346–367.
Published: 01 October 2019
... accident. Cannibalism not only bewildered the mainstream TV audience, but it was also viewed as an allusion to the June Fourth crackdown on the Tiananmen student movement. This essay explores cannibalism as a method that questions the assimilation of Hong Kong into the national body politic of China. Its...
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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): 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 (2): 353–398.
Published: 01 October 2020
... fa,” book 6 of Quintilian's Institutio oratoria , Zuo Si's preface to his “Sandu fu ,” Xunzi's analysis of Zhou tombs and funerary rituals in his “Li lun” essay, the “Shield of Achilles” episode in the Iliad , and the metaphorical section of Sima Xiangru's “Shanglin fu ”—all employ a similar set...
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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): 170–187.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., the block ( bankuai 板塊) structure, the interplay of real and fictional, and the intertextual and transmedial references, Jia explores the possibilities of representational forms and aspires to map and scan the otherwise unrepresentable totality that is global capitalism in China. In this essay, the author...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 70–88.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Jie Guo Abstract Reading the Taiwanese author Wu Jiwen's 1996 novel Fin-de-siècle Boylove Reader (Shijimo shaonian’ai duben), this essay considers the age-old figure of the male dan and the critical role it played in the emerging gay scene in the Sinophone world at the turn of the twenty-first...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 221–235.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Carlos Rojas Abstract Taking Lu Xun's work as its starting point, this essay examines translation as a methodology for negotiating not between different languages or dialects but rather between different voices. To the extent that some fiction attempts to manifest the voices of socially...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 236–259.
Published: 01 October 2019
... and undermine institutions, all the more reason to reconsider such deceptions from a functional, rather than purely moral, perspective. The hoax can be a method to do what ? What are the outcomes of hoaxes, whether intended or unintended? This essay offers eight answers to these questions, drawing evidence from...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... things” ( wanwu 萬物). In this essay, the author examines distinct ways in which fictional writers imagine relational dynamics between humans, nonhuman animals, regional ecosystems, and the cosmos to theorize ecology as method. Ecology as method works to radically decenter anthropocentric understandings...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 271–284.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Margherita Long Abstract This essay introduces three works of post-Fukushima Japanese literature, by Hayashi Kyoko (1930–2017), Kimura Yusuke (1970–) and Kobayashi Erika (1978–), to offer an environmental humanities alternative to Giorgio Agamben's response to COVID-19. Politically, Hayashi...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 244–255.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., this essay contends that it has been necessary for emerging scholarship on race to transcend this analogy in order to confront the persistence of anti-Black racism and contemporary environmental crisis. References Adams, Carol . The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Inquiry...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 1–8.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Patricia Sieber Copyright © 2021 Lingnan University 2021 These essays grew out of an Association for Asian Studies panel with four presenters, for which I served as a discussant. Prior to my travels to attend the conference, when I mentioned the title of the panel to a colleague, my...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 211–220.
Published: 01 October 2019
... state what this might mean.” 1 Subsequently published in essay form, Takeuchi's lectures have inspired a wide range of critical interventions, including ones that take as their starting point Asia or Asian regions and others that engage with different objects or phenomena. These studies include...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 March 2019
... essays, interviews, and conversations guiding us to globalize our thinking about literature and culture. To facilitate face-to-face interaction among scholars of Chinese and Western literature, Prism will organize symposiums and conferences on its own and through partnerships with other...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 115–135.
Published: 01 March 2019
... by grounding it in an ecological context and by recovering human roots in the nonhuman environment. Chinese traditions of thought also fed into Shen's protoecological thinking. Shen's favorite classics include essays by Liu Zongyuan 柳宗元 (773–819), who pondered humans' resonance with the heavens and earth...