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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
... different moments in Hong Kong history. The author finds that the ecocritical turn in Hong Kong literature has opened a new space for Hong Kong's postcolonial identity. The connections between utopias and the natural world, the reflections offered by nature at various historical turning points, and the...
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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 in...
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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 (2020) 17 (2): 399–429.
Published: 01 October 2020
... unrecognized theoretical significance of some major qing reconceptualizations. If kept in its original unmoved state, the author maintains, man's xing is essentially identical with the nature of myriad things favorably spoken of by Mozi, Zhuangzi, and the author of Man's Nature . But when agitated by...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
... progenitor of modern Chinese 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...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
..., Steppe, and Mountain . 4 Alberts coins this expression and historicizes the alliance in Shamanism, Discourse, Modernity . 50 Zhang N., “Mengguzu zuojia pi Lang tuteng .” 51 See Weller, Discovering Nature , and Harrell, “Role of the Periphery.” 52 Bayar, “Discourse...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... specifically, Liu Zaifu's theory of literary character ( 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...
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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 (2019) 16 (2): 260–297.
Published: 01 October 2019
... much so, in fact, that some art critics wonder if the use of garbage-as-bricolage has hardened into something canonical, as “rubbish becomes a strange vale of soul making and creativity” now that nature is being forced to evacuate the terrain. 8 Euroamerica may apparently have reached “peak stuff...
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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...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 35–56.
Published: 01 March 2020
... epistemology must be noted here. Wanfa weixin conventionally conveys a deconstructive stance to the phenomenal world and cautions against man's attachment to it. In contrast, Zhang's reference to wanfa weixin advances the positive virtue of the mind in changing the world that is in nature shifting, empty...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
... compliment that “it is to be recorded of her that in estimation she was more precious than gold or jade, in nature purer than ice or snow, in wit more brilliant than the sun or stars, in complexion more beautiful than the moon or than flowers.” 4 Baoyu's words reach an unprecedented height, which even Qu...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 1–34.
Published: 01 March 2020
... . Gainesville : University Press of Florida , 2002 . Benjamin, Walter . “ Theses on the Philosophy of History. ” In Illuminations , edited by Hannah Arendt , 255 – 66 . New York : Schocken Books , 1968 . Bohannan, Paul . Marriage, Family, and Residence . Garden City, NY : Natural...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 298–325.
Published: 01 October 2020
... away for lust even without its consummation. 41 The dissatisfactory nature of the potential consummation of desire is in Sophia's case perhaps more akin to stories from Liaozhai zhiyi in which sexual congress leads to ghastly consequences (e.g., “Hua pi” 畫皮 [The Painted Skin]) or leads to a...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... “pragmatic rationality” ( shiyong lixing 實用理性). 10 In Li's view, the Confucian preoccupation with the politics and ethics of this world gave birth to a distinctive emphasis on the cultivation of human nature through sensuous, material, and affective means. In the absence of a transcendental deity...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 104–126.
Published: 01 March 2020
... for women. Henry Jenkins in his classic study on television fans, Textual Poachers , documents fans' debates about slash and the critiques of its basic conventions. Some fans point out that the denial of one's gay identity (i.e., “I am not gay; I just love to suck Spock's cock”) is by nature...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 136–156.
Published: 01 March 2019
... but inaccessible nature of utopia. Xinzhongguo weilai ji was never finished, a fact that leads to some of the most contentious arguments about the novel. Its incompleteness bespeaks the inherent aporia of any utopian engagement, as well as its tantalizing charm. On the other hand, however, its...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 205–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
... being an orphan as a reflection of the true nature of the Taiwanese people. Tsai makes an interesting point in linking Hu Taiming's realization of his orphanization to his peregrinations throughout East Asia. His experience is that of being not just an orphan but an orphan-migrant. He characterizes Wu...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 432–455.
Published: 01 October 2019
... state multilingual and translation policies, see Pang, “‘Nature’ of Ethnic Tensions.” 79 Alter, Necessary Angels , 46 . References Alter, Robert . Necessary Angels: Tradition and Modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and Scholem . Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press , 1991...