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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... evocation of heart and mind formulates a new concept of interiority via connecting the Chinese traditional concept of xin with the Western concept of inner subjectivity. In this way, Liu weaves a unique discourse of interiority into Chinese literary criticism, as a complement to and critique of the enclosed...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 143–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
...David Der-wei Wang Abstract Liu Zaifu is one of the most influential critics in the New Era after the Cultural Revolution. His works, such as On Literary Subjectivity (1985) and A Treatise of Character Composition (1986), inspired a generation of Chinese youth yearning for intellectual...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2021
... focuses centrally on male same-sex relations, Phoenixes Flying Together offers a vital example of early modern queer literary tradition by illustrating fluid male-male bonds and hybrid ideals of homosexuality. Such textual representations shift Confucian cardinal relations, redefine the power of nanse...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
.... Many scholars compare Liu Zaifu with Li Zehou, although one is a literary theorist and essayist and the other is a philosopher. Based on his research on subjectivity and cultural theory in the 1980s, Liu Kang draws the following conclusion: Liu Zaifu acknowledges his indebtedness to Li Zehou on many...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 203–206.
Published: 01 March 2020
... China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Song's introduction sets up the argument as a study of the literary configuration of space: “I aim to explore the literary topography of space and emotion, the (de)formation of modern subjectivity, individual desire and collective consciousness, political conflicts and...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 264–276.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Liang Shi Abstract At the turn of the twentieth century Chinese sexuality underwent a metamorphosis, resulting in the replacement of a rich indigenous discourse by imported Western theories. This article traces the evolution of a modern subject and episteme emerging from the historical...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 390–407.
Published: 01 October 2019
... subject to radical rethinking. This article proposes a paradigm of border as method for Chinese literary studies, following the lead of Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson's volume by the same title. Border as method refers to a reflexive glance at the cognitive bordering that we as knowledge producers...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 277–297.
Published: 01 October 2020
... in the discursive formations within which those same subjectivities are positioned and to narrativize the subject's own identity. My interest in these four works, accordingly, lies not merely in how they use literary representation to depict queer subjects but also in how they illustrate how queer...
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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 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... global literary universe. The set of terminologies and paradigms introduced by Liu, from inner universe ( neiyuzhou 內宇宙) to subjectivity of literature ( wenxue de zhutixing 文學的主體性), inspired a generation of post-Mao writers to search for the artistic and aesthetic functions of a new literature as...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 1–34.
Published: 01 March 2020
... conversation with a wide array of other sources, first and foremost the middle and late Qing literary heritage that so greatly occupied and influenced Chang's own literary universe and pursuits, as well as the westernized literary milieu in which she lived and operated in 1940s Shanghai. References...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 89–113.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Bozhou Men Abstract First appearing in 1892 as a serialized novel, Han Bangqing's Haishanghua liezhuan 海上花列傳 (The Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai) demonstrates the problematic of an “atypical” novel and the challenges it poses to the notion of the Chinese literary “modern.” This article examines...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 244–263.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Winnie L. M. Yee Abstract The often-heated debates concerning Hong Kong's literary representations all take as a premise that Hong Kong has an urban identity, defined by its mythic transformation from a fishing village to a metropolis. On the return of the sovereignty to mainland China in 1997, the...
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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): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Literary Subjectivity), which directly challenged the party's principles of literature. Considering the specific circumstances of the humanities, I divided the role of writers into the mundane ( shisujuese 世俗角色) and the authentic ( benzhengjuese 本真角色), that is, the practical subject of reality and the...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 49–69.
Published: 01 March 2021
... promoted Ling as a model patriotic actress, it was her background, similar to many Taiwanese adopted daughters, that attracted the most attention from female audiences. This female empathy and the queer subjectivity arguably disturbed the Kuomintang's political propaganda. Hence, this study adds to the...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 346–367.
Published: 01 October 2019
... argument is twofold. First, cannibalism in this drama disrupts the bourgeois consciousness of a healthy subject, exploring a shattered but renewed life that questions the dissolution of food in the making of a healthy subject. Second, by challenging the bourgeois model of a reconciled body, this drama...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 236–259.
Published: 01 October 2019
... literary subject matter but also a literary practice. In Eileen Chang's 張愛玲 (Zhang Ailing, 1920−95) novel Xiao tuanyuan 小團圓 (Little Reunions, finished 1979, published 2009), a relative tells Julie that in the 1920s Julie's mother once wrote to the celebrity writer T'ang Ku-wu, whom she had never met...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
... is nothing unusual about viewing an event through the lens of fiction; we do it all the time insofar as we are all consumers of fiction and interact with “beings of fiction”—of both the literary and nonliterary sorts—to forge our agency and subjectivity. That a literary scholar should have to...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 85–114.
Published: 01 March 2019
... is often said to have high social significance but low aesthetic value. This convenient dyad is unsatisfying in that it simplifies the text's relation to reality—which is more highly charged for battlers poetry than for many other literary genres. Copyright © 2019 Lingnan University 2019 Xu...