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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 (2022) 19 (S1): 17–34.
Published: 01 December 2022
... relations rooted in repressive hierarchy and class and gender oppression. This chapter targets political, social, and productive relations as the crucial areas for diagnosing the ills of ecological degradation. Rather than a question of how humanity as a whole stands against nature, the chapter contends...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 244–263.
Published: 01 October 2020
... to 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. Copyright © 2020 Lingnan University 2020 Hong Kong literature nature ecocritical turn ecotopian post-1997 Since...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 75–86.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ban Wang Abstract Rather than a war against nature, a genuine production is premised on the humanization of nature by producing use values while changing human inner nature. Socialist production strives to achieve an ecologically sound economy whereby labor on nature is in sync with the realization...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 181–187.
Published: 01 December 2022
.... The Anthropocene, with its focus on post-natural universals such as “man as geological agent,” obscures the fatal contradictions within capitalism, which has inherent eco-destructive tendencies. As a mode of production aimed at robbing the worker and robbing the soil, capitalism is destined to pursue capital...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 135–150.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ban Wang Abstract Chen Qiufan's sci-fi novel Waste Tide attests to the dual alienation of nature and humans. Global capitalism, geopolitical conflict, the scramble for natural resources, and rash development have destroyed the rural community, ruined the health of local populations, and eroded...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 1–15.
Published: 01 December 2022
..., the metabolic rift manifests in the alienation of nature and of labor. The system of accumulation and profit, bent on the domination of nature and labor, is the major source of ecological crises. The introduction addresses alternative modes of production where ecological bonds between humans and nature...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 55–74.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ban Wang Abstract Sensitive to modernity's estrangement of human bonds to nature and the rural lifeworld, Shen Congwen affirms an ecological understanding of writing and life. The writing self sinks its roots into nature and enmeshes with nonhuman worlds. Animistic language immerses bodily...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 35–54.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ban Wang Abstract Primarily thought of as a critic of Chinese tradition, Lu Xun is less understood as a critic of technoscientific rationality. Walter Benjamin invoked the utopian reconciliation of humans and nature from premodern culture in critiques of modernity. In the same vein, Lu Xun...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 164–180.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ban Wang Abstract “Ecotopia” describes the social ecology of a world whose socioeconomic institutions are premised on the utopian dream of the reconciliation of the human and nature. The Mars Republic of Hao Jingfang's novel Vagabonds is built through advanced technologies that allow humans...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 87–105.
Published: 01 December 2022
... privileged health program skewed in favor of elites and urbanites and divorced from the wellbeing of ordinary people. The medicine of the “barefoot doctor” entails the ecological understanding of the human body in sync with nature and is rooted in affective labor in healing the rifts between humans...
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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. 25 Ibid. 26 Hartman, Scenes of Subjection , 179 . 27 Arendt, Human Condition , 32 . 28 Hartman, Scenes of Subjection , 65...
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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 (2021) 18 (2): 321–342.
Published: 01 October 2021
... area of northeastern China that borders Inner Mongolia and was occupied by Japan in the early 1930s. The novel has been read by many as a realistic portrait of the natural and social landscape of the grassland and as an autobiographical account of the author's family history. This article disagrees...
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Prism (2022) 19 (1): 28–45.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Winnie L. M. Yee Abstract Although the exhaustion and brutal exploitation of nature in the name of progress has been decried in recent decades, post-socialist China continues to use economic gains to justify the destruction of the majority of the populace and their environment. This article focuses...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 151–163.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ban Wang Abstract Artificial intelligence and genetic engineering call into question the notion of the human in the humanist tradition, causing deep and subtle rifts in human-human and human-nature relations. Examining stories by Chinese sci-fi writer Hao Jingfang, this chapter argues that digital...
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Prism (2022) 19 (S1): 106–118.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Ban Wang Abstract In the post-socialist and market reform era, the power of the market and the developmental imperatives are creating metabolic rifts between humans and nature, between producers and the land. The film The Piano in a Factory tells a story of the working class trying to rekindle...