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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 115–135.
Published: 01 March 2019
... their cultural and philosophical origins in the Enlightenment view that humanity is separable from and superior to the natural world. By reading Shen's essays and stories, I argue that Shen affirms an ecological “understanding of life in which the thinking of the self must already include other organisms...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 19–32.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of the Red Chamber , but I haven't really read it—it's as though I've walked past an orchard and caught a glimpse of the trees and a few sniffs of their fragrance, but haven't been assailed by the flowers' aroma or pierced by their thorns. However, I remember a saying, that if I had not had...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 298–325.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Keru Cai Abstract This article examines Ding Ling's 丁玲 (1904–86) practice of intertextuality in her famous 1927 story “Shafei nüshi de riji” 莎菲女士的日記 (Miss Sophia's Diary) by means of the Bakhtinian concept of dialogism. Sophia's diary is in dialogue with a plethora of texts she has read...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 353–398.
Published: 01 October 2020
... of rhetorical strategies but with different emphases. A reading of one in light of the others reveals new information about Chinese and Western theories of representation and metaphoricity. For example, Homer makes his audience alternate between belief and disbelief in the scenes engraved on Achilles's shield...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 70–88.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Jie Guo Abstract Reading the Taiwanese author Wu Jiwen's 1996 novel Fin-de-siècle Boylove Reader (Shijimo shaonian’ai duben), this essay considers the age-old figure of the male dan and the critical role it played in the emerging gay scene in the Sinophone world at the turn of the twenty-first...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... of Inner Mongolia. Mandumai 滿都麥, one of the People's Republic of China's earliest post-Mao eco-writers, romanticizes indigeneity in his Mongolian-language stories (read in this article in Mandarin translation). Mongolian-Han Sinophone writer Guo Xuebo 郭雪波 juxtaposes “grassland logic” against “agrarian...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 408–431.
Published: 01 October 2019
... is rewritten into a contemporary idiom of colonialism versus self-determination. After developing the concept of Cold War as method, the second part of the essay offers a concrete example through a critical reading of Swordsman II , a 1992 martial arts film adapted from Jin Yong's 1967 novel. While the film...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 1–34.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Paola Zamperini Abstract This article focuses on Eileen Chang's “Xinjing” to map and understand the ways in which the author depicts different types of emotional, erotic, sexual, and psychological flows and exchanges among parents, children, and their partners and spouses. “Xinjing” is here read...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 35–56.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Zhang Taiyan 章太炎 (1868–1936), his immersion in a wide range of Buddhist texts before the May Fourth movement, and a close reading of selected poems from Yecao 野草 (Wild Grass) in light of Buddhist philosophy. The author argues that Yogācāra conceptions promoted by Zhang, wanfa weixin 萬法唯心 (all phenomena...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 57–78.
Published: 01 March 2020
... provide extra insights into the perceptions, expectations, and constrictions of both producing and consuming literature in a global era. Recent debates on world literature have centered mainly on issues of reception and circulation, preferring to define its scope in terms of the reader and the reading...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 104–126.
Published: 01 March 2020
... the significant role female practitioners have played in indigenizing BL, and ultimately points to the trend of consciously writing and reading BL through a homosexual lens. By reflexively constructing “gayness” in BL works, these practices have also created a peer-led educational space on nonnormative sexuality...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 326–352.
Published: 01 October 2020
... of fictional genre to enlighten the reading public. Yet their “education of the novel” was far from complete, as New Literature writers found fictional expressions primarily in the form of the short story, with strong undertones of individualism, subjective lyricism, and elitism. By focusing on Mao Dun's 茅盾...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2021
... , and demonstrate queer identifications beyond heteronormative relations. Reading women's tanci through the intersectional lenses of early modernity, queer theory, and narrativity, this study examines such narratives as an inspiration to initiate a more contextualized epistemological, historical, and methodical...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 188–209.
Published: 01 March 2021
... air. The author reads this suppressed mist ( wu ) or qi consciousness as a form of resistance against the current scientific-corrective discourse and scientism. If we situate smog life in the context of how traditional Chinese culture has been systematically marginalized in the imperialization...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 138–169.
Published: 01 March 2021
... Tang shi de dufa 唐詩的讀法 (Reading Tang Poetry). The author contends not only that these writers' dealings with Tang poetry make it part of a still-living tradition but also that such engagement offers a way to understand the dynamic, rather than static, canonicity of Tang poetry. Copyright © 2021...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 304–309.
Published: 01 March 2021
... on emotion ( qing ) in the context of the historical development of the theater is pathbreaking. The work of more than a decade, it combines wide-ranging readings of vernacular plays and novels, canonical texts and their commentaries, classical tales, letters, notebook jottings, poetry, and classical prose...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 300–303.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Melody Yunzi Li Gu Hongming's Eccentric Chinese Odyssey . Chunmei Du . PHILADELPHIA : UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS , 2019 . 251 PP. Copyright © 2021 Lingnan University 2021 This book guides us through Gu Hongming's eccentric odyssey with extensive readings of rich...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 199–202.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of translingual and transcultural appropriation of its forms? Where is the agency in these dynamics? What is the relationship between political and literary considerations in the writing and reading of these novels? And what has been the impact of this type of advocacy fiction in different cultural, social...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 285–288.
Published: 01 March 2021
... of Empire, 1902–1910 convincingly argues that the brief flourishing of utopian fiction ( wutuobang xiaoshuo 烏托邦小說) in the last decade of the Qing dynasty should be read as the ultimate proving ground for the arduous development of modern Chinese identity in the face of fin-de-siècle China's semicolonial...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 205–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
... in ancient Chinese classics and his native Taiwanese dialect. Tsai reads this intellectual endeavor as laying the groundwork for a rhetorical justification for Taiwan as an independent state. The final section of the chapter focuses on Lai He 賴和 (1894–1943) and Zhang Shenqie 張深切 (1904–65), a writer...