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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
... struggle in the 1980s was to reconstruct the subjectivity and dignity of people. After going abroad, he started the second struggle in exiling the gods, by which he endeavored to free himself from the four major spiritual chains: revolutionary thinking, the idolatry of nation, all the political ideologies...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 143–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... high hopes and bitter outcomes, grand projects and failed expectations, that informed China's century-long pursuit of modernity. Copyright © 2020 Lingnan University 2020 subjectivity literary heart exile the revolution farewell to gods third space On the early morning of June 4, 1989...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
... on the original nature of literature as well as intersubjectivity. After 1989, Liu Zaifu continued his literary and cultural inquiries in Fangzhu zhushen 放逐諸神 (Exiling the Gods), Gaobie geming 告別革命 (A Farewell to Revolution, coauthored with Li Zehou), Sixiangzhe shiba ti 思想者十八題 (Eighteen...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... brings about a unique discourse of the heart and mind, as a complement to and critique of the enclosed narrative vision of revolution or enlightenment. In this sense, the tropes of “farewell to the gods” 告別諸神 and “exiling the self” 放逐自我 proposed by Liu point to his reflections on and revisions of the...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... minorities to protest policies aimed at acculturation. It features the narrator's spiritual quest for his shamanic roots; adventures of Henning Haslund-Christensen, born in 1896 to a Danish missionary family in the Chahar grasslands (and author of the anthropological masterpiece Men and Gods in Mongolia...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... realm of the profane. For Li, the emergence of this secular reason at the very inception of Chinese civilization was of immense historical significance. While the Christian search for salvation is motivated by the image of an utterly transcendent God, the Chinese path of beauty is intertwined with a...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 3–18.
Published: 01 March 2019
... the story of a free desire through which humanity is able to exceed all limitations to its happiness. And religious fundamentalism, in its various forms, promises the reward of eternal unity with God. 19 Contending that scholarship has underestimated the importance of happiness to the...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 136–156.
Published: 01 March 2019
... appears less provocative when compared with the works of two exiled writers, Cao Guanlong 曹冠龍 (1945−) in the United States and Ma Jian in England. In Chen 沉 (Sinking; 2009), Cao focuses on a most atrocious incident from the Cultural Revolution: an alleged episode of cannibalism in Guangxi Province. He...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 368–389.
Published: 01 October 2019
... God” but within a framework of “disease emergence.” He therefore coined the phrase emerging viruses to designate not just new pathogens but also known ones that are “rapidly expanding their range.” 38 As Andrew Lakoff points out, this classification is powerfully “generative,” for it unifies...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 85–114.
Published: 01 March 2019
... hypersensitivity, exaltation, depression, substance abuse, rebellion, deviance, exile in the broadest sense, and so on—but also a maniacal, almost sacrificial devotion to the art that can resemble martyrdom. 12 By contrast, for Xu Lizhi, inasmuch as the standard version of this vision is now linked to his...