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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 (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 of...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 208–210.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Yu Zhang Revolutionary Waves: The Crowd in Modern China Tie Xiao Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Asia Center , 2017 . 286 pp. Copyright © 2019 Lingnan University 2019 The crowd—be it a politicized cohesive body of the people as a revolutionary force of historical...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 203–206.
Published: 01 March 2020
... imagines the underground city beneath the Forbidden City, shows such glimmers of brilliance. The inclusion of Lin Huiyin with the necessary extraliterary content is one of the greatest contributions of this book. Lin is discussed briefly throughout scholarship on modern Chinese literature, architecture...
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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 (2020) 17 (2): 430–456.
Published: 01 October 2020
... of Europe and the United States and how Chinese academia repositioned itself in response to the adoption of Western criticism on Orientalism in the 1980s. This article also traces the institutionalization of oriental literature studies in modern China under the influence of both Soviet Russian and...
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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): 225–243.
Published: 01 October 2020
... critiques of modernity. Similarly, Lu Xun conjured up images of the ancient world where rural folks lived in reciprocity with nature, worshiped supernatural beings, and observed time-honored rituals. Lu Xun linked the myth of progress and technology to a destructive chorus of “malevolent voices” by a...
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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 (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 (2019) 16 (1): 33–61.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Liying Sun; Michel Hockx Abstract The magazine Meiyu 眉語 (Eyebrow Talk), published from 1914 to 1916 and edited by Gao Jianhua 高劍華, was China's first literary magazine edited by a woman and targeted at a female audience. It was also the first modern magazine to pay extensive attention to nudity and...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 298–319.
Published: 01 October 2019
... panoramic. The implications reach far beyond specific artifacts: panorama as method challenges accepted paradigms about the relationship between the modern subject and urban space, including the distinction between cartographic vision and street-level immersion. The article focuses on what may be called the...
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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): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... narrative vision of revolution and enlightenment in modern China. Copyright © 2020 Lingnan University 2020 Liu Zaifu subjectivity intersubjectivity dialogues interiority From the inspiration of the leftist muse to the convictions of enlightenment or revolutionary thought, generation upon...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 277–297.
Published: 01 October 2020
... Greater China beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The article focuses in particular on four literary works dating from around 1994 that examine queer individuals in relation modern institutional structures associated with disciplines of biology/science, reportage/media, medicine/activism, and...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Zong-qi Cai Copyright © 2019 Lingnan University 2019 On behalf of the entire editorial team, it is my honor and pleasure to inaugurate Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature , a biannual peer-reviewed journal published by Duke University Press for Lingnan University of Hong Kong. This...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 207–211.
Published: 01 March 2020
... monograph on the literary and cultural-political legacy of the Chinese intellectual Guo Moruo 郭沫若 (1892–1978), Pu Wang discusses a peculiar short story that Guo wrote in 1925. Titled “Marx Enters the Temple of Confucius” (Makesi jin wenmiao 馬克斯進文廟), the story is set in modern Shanghai, where Marx and...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 205–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
... union of Ming loyalism and Chinese nationalism in the early modern period. Tsai deploys the term to indicate the way that the aesthetics and politics of loyalist works interact with temporality, referencing and expanding on past temporal and political formations. A Passage to China opens with the...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... remnants of feudal traditions and superstitions. But the tension between political religiosity and enlightenment reason can hardly be overcome through a normative program of cultural modernization. Although the ethos of the post-Mao literary and intellectual culture was ostensibly secular in orientation...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 197–200.
Published: 01 March 2019
... shifting territory of youth discourse in the twentieth century and its literary representation in the form of the Bildungsroman, a novel where conflicts between self and society, tradition and modernity, and love and independence are global themes. The Chinese Bildungsroman makes its appearance in 1929...