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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): 244–263.
Published: 01 October 2020
... for roots during the anxious time surrounding the return to mainland China. The plant itself serves as a reflection of cultural identity, a resistance to the cultural hegemony, and a space in which complex discursive debates can take place. Nature proves to be a tool of both cultural critique...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 89–113.
Published: 01 March 2021
.... By exploring the sociohistorical context that gives rise to such modern narratives, this article draws links between Han's pioneering experimentations with Haishanghua and the rise of literary naturalism in the West. In this way, the author sheds light on the significance of this atypical novel...
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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...
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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 (2021) 18 (1): 256–270.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., the amorphous nature of the social drives the demand for collective health and safety through the excision of Blackness as a contagion or coercive element. I conclude by discussing police violence and its relationship to the forms of exclusion demonstrated in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 188–209.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Chia-Ju Chang Abstract This article uses a non-Western, scientific, and ecocritical perspective to explore the nature-cultural phenomenon of “smog life,” that is, outdoor activities taking place on a smog day, such as hiking, enjoying the fog, or practicing taiji . It presents a sharp contrast...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 271–284.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., called “the destiny of the community of man with nature.” What are the material forces immanent to that destiny? What does it do to our mental health to engage them directly? The three works analyzed answer these questions in creative, powerful ways. Copyright © 2021 Lingnan University 2021...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 399–429.
Published: 01 October 2020
... . 48 “Dong Zhongshu zhuan,” in Ban, Han shu , 8 /26/2501. 47 Kong, Liji zhengyi , 2:1422 . 46 Ibid. 45 Li Ling., Guodian Chujian jiaoduji , 137 . 44 See these remarks by Gaozi: “Gaozi said, ‘Human nature is like whirling water. Give it an outlet in the east...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
... literature reinvokes primordial human-nature bonds to combat the contemporary obsession with science, technocratic elites, and domination of nature and humans, in ways that anticipate Benjamin's similar moves about two decades later. Wang's ecocritical rediscovery of Lu Xun is thought provoking as it leads...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... and the quantitative social sciences and natural sciences.” 2 This article illustrates ecology as method by examining how Sinophone eco-fiction from Inner Mongolia, marginalized from a Hanspace perspective, 3 conveys relational dynamics between humans, nonhuman animals, regional ecosystems, and the cosmos...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
...–). Starting in 1979, Liu Zaifu's study of Lu Xun 魯迅 (1881–1936), which includes three major theoretical books— Lu Xun yu ziran kexue 魯迅與自然科學 (Lu Xun and Natural Science, 1976), Lu Xun meixue sixiang lungao 魯迅美學思想論稿 (On Lu Xun’s Aesthetic Thoughts, 1981), and Lu Xun zhuan 魯迅傳 (The Biography of Lu Xun...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., we are allowed to say only that people are the sum of social relations, but not the sum of individual existences. From the 1950s to the 1970s, instead of discussing humanity, individuality, subjectivity, spirituality, and intelligence, we could talk only about party nature, class nature...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 260–297.
Published: 01 October 2019
... is an archetype for our age, whose “desires, values, and arts of living” require exploration in art as much as in anthropology. It might seem logical to expect, therefore, that artwork about the dump would naturally seek to represent it as a “site of subject-making.” But Wang Jiuliang's Plastic China is unusual...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... ( xinggelun 性格論) intends to demonstrate the complexity of human nature in the fictional world. Refusing to subordinate literary writing to ideological imperatives, he challenges the division of stereotyped characters as virtuous or evil and aims to reestablish the heterogeneity of personality in literature...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 1–34.
Published: 01 March 2020
... in so many narratives from the late Tang onward; one has only to think of Mulian's 目連 story to see how the rhetoric of filial piety could be used to express, mask, and transcend the mother-son romance and the sexualized nature of this relationship. 8 The other side of this equation is clearly...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 244–255.
Published: 01 March 2021
... , by Donna J. Haraway , 5 – 90 . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press , 2016 . Jackson, Zakiyyah Iman . Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World . New York : New York University Press , 2020 . Kim, Claire Jean . Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 35–56.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., Zhang has specifically promoted faxiang 法相 (dharma characteristics) in his call to revolution. Faxiang was historically seen to be a lesser pursuit compared to faxing 法性 (dharma nature). Zhang's engagement with the ever-changing phenomena, rather than the metaphysical pursuit of thusness...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 199–202.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of transcultural interaction that allowed these texts to flourish and emphasizes that “transcultural nature is not marginal but essential to this genre” (14). Guided by the premise that “transcultural interaction is not a recent phenomenon but the lifeline of culture altogether” (7), Yeh utilizes an approach...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 136–156.
Published: 01 March 2019
... to write his novel in 1902, he could hardly see signs that China would turn into the dominant power of the following century. He adopted the form of fiction to describe his dream scenario for a new China, thus admitting indirectly to the desirable but inaccessible nature of utopia. Xinzhongguo weilai ji...