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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
...: (1) a shift from an exploration of human character to an interrogation of the human soul; (2) a return to the classics, including inventive reinterpretations of the four Chinese classical novels, as well as a return to a childlike heart and a personal space comporting with Zhuangzi's 莊子 demand of...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 143–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... closer look may unveil more of his dialogue with traditional Chinese thought. Over the past twenty years, he has turned more and more vigorously to Chinese intellectual classics, finding wisdom in not only the Daoist teaching, such as “return to the infant heart,” but also Chan Buddhism of self-erasure...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 57–78.
Published: 01 March 2020
... have walked, and will understand how we have transformed from a semi-feudal, semi-colonial old China, to an independent, self-governing, self-strengthening socialist New China. When French readers have read my novel, they may enhance their understanding of us.” 31 He then returns to the...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
...), which means (a) to integrate the text and language that were once separated, (b) to transform the literary language from classical Chinese to vernacular Chinese, and (c) to return literature to the broad masses of ordinary and underprivileged people. Thanks to the success of the New Literature movement...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 33–61.
Published: 01 March 2019
... part, we return to the contents of Meiyu to analyze the kind of texts and images that would have been considered offensive. By using the censors' reports productively to enrich our evaluative reading of the journal's content, we point toward novel ways of contextualizing and interpreting cultural...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 353–398.
Published: 01 October 2020
... finally returns the reader to the correct path, he has already erred.” 11 Ban Gu, Han shu , 2:1508–9 . See also sections 2.1–2.2 of Fayan (e.g., Yang, Exemplary Figures , 22–25), where Yang calls the fu poems of Mei Sheng yin 淫 (excessive overflowing, depraved), and again expresses his...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 326–352.
Published: 01 October 2020
... examines Mao Dun's long novel Ziye 子夜 (Midnight; 1933), arguably the most significant work on urban modernity and a classic of the modern epic in twentieth-century China. In May Fourth's dual mission to define a new reading public for Chinese nationhood, Mao Dun was no doubt the key figure. His claims...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 346–367.
Published: 01 October 2019
... establish a democratic system of governance. Amid this trend toward democratization, Hong Kong people expected toreturnto the Mainland as full citizens bearing the political credentials and competencies to contribute to the wider democratization of China. 21 This is clearly shown in the enthusiastic...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 85–114.
Published: 01 March 2019
... is neither a value judgment nor the reflection of a belief in intrinsic differences between literary and nonliterary texts. 16 Also, it should be considered in light of Xu's background (and of the nature of battlers poetry at large, to which I return below). Xu grew up in Jieyang, in rural...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 390–407.
Published: 01 October 2019
... Andy Rodekohr . In Global Chinese Literature: Critical Essays , edited by Jing Tsu and David Der-Wei Wang , 15 − 28 . Leiden : Brill , 2010 . Ng Kim Chew 黃錦樹 . “ Nanian wo huidao Malaiya ” 那年我回到馬來亞 [The Year I Returned to Malaya]. In Nanyang Renmin Gongheguo beiwanglu 南洋人民共和國備忘錄...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 136–156.
Published: 01 March 2019
... its borders. Nevertheless, it is too good a place to be true, and Candide has to return to the real world. His subsequent journey leads him through a series of horrible perils, transforming his sweetheart into an impossible shrew and making the utopia he is seeking unlivable. In the end, Candide...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 205–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Zhong's fiction set in the Japanese colonial city of Mukden in Manchukuo and after he returned to Taiwan, describing Zhong's persistent feeling of not being at home in what he perceives as his native land and not being recognized as a native son by the northeastern Chinese people he encounters. A great...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 264–276.
Published: 01 October 2020
... classical Chinese, is from this period. 8 After the Han dynasty, recorded same-sex relations moved out of the imperial palace. According to one account in the [ Liu ] Songshu [劉]宋書 (History of the [Liu] Song Dynasty), since the reign of Emperor Wudi of Jin 晉武帝 (275–289 CE), the practice of having...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 399–429.
Published: 01 October 2020
... This is to hide from Heaven, turn your back on the true state of affairs, and forget what you were born with. In the old days, this was called the crime of hiding from Heaven. 是遁天倍情,忘其所受,古者謂之遁天之刑。 32 You are a lost man—hesitant and unsure, you want to return to your true form and inborn nature...
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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 (2020) 17 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 October 2020
... to old dreams, ancient cosmology, and ecological traditions. His use of myth to critique modernity exemplifies the dialectic of enlightenment and myth expounded by Max Horkheimer (1895–1973) and Theodor W. Adorno in their classic Dialectic of Enlightenment . Enlightenment, armed with science and...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 408–431.
Published: 01 October 2019
... even mention the Cold War as an interpretive framework for understanding the contemporary world. Instead of returning to an event that is almost universally regarded as a closed chapter of twentieth-century history, scholars of contemporary Chinese literature are more likely to worry about the fact...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 115–135.
Published: 01 March 2019
... freedom and modernity, Shen did as much to disperse the human self by grounding it in an ecological context and by recovering human roots in the nonhuman environment. Chinese traditions of thought also fed into Shen's protoecological thinking. Shen's favorite classics include essays by Liu Zongyuan 柳宗元...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 March 2019
... different from the moment that generated “The Answer,” when the challenger would be proud of his voice and committed to projecting it afar. A wintry landscape now keeps unfamiliar voices and an aural nostalgia under the surface. In the poem “Another” 另一個 (Ling yi ge), the return of the repressed takes the...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 368–389.
Published: 01 October 2019
... marginalized contingent of microbiologists and epidemiologists who valiantly disputed the earlier era's status quo and ultimately came to be vindicated by the microbes' vengeful return. In short, they were the heroes to William Stewart's villain. Ironically, it turns out that Stewart's infamous line about...