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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 326–352.
Published: 01 October 2020
... referred to the Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies writers—had a deep interest in contemporary social life. While Mao Dun embraced naturalism in both theory and practice to advocate his claims on the modern novel and its social function, he possibly had no encounter with the criticism of Joyce or Dos...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
... the methodological questions at the heart of that controversy are still very much alive as the protean field of Chinese studies continues reinventing itself in relation to theory. A still deeper reason is to rethink, via Bruno Latour, the status of fiction in the age of posttruth and fake news—a task incumbent upon...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., Liu shifted his scholarly interests to the composition of and dialogues between multiple subjectivities and examined the complex relationship between subjects and objects, self and others, as well as the individual's psychological relationship with the self. By reframing Liu's theories on subjectivity...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 264–276.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Liang Shi Abstract At the turn of the twentieth century Chinese sexuality underwent a metamorphosis, resulting in the replacement of a rich indigenous discourse by imported Western theories. This article traces the evolution of a modern subject and episteme emerging from the historical...
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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): 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): 235–243.
Published: 01 March 2021
... a range other sociocultural phenomena, not to mention the theoretical paradigms and interpretive methodologies that are used to interpret them. That is to say, although many cultural studies theories and methodologies are shaped by the specific intellectual, ideological, and sociocultural conditions under...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
... by Marxist ideology. As a former director of the Institute of Literature at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and editor in chief of the Literary Review (Wenxue pinglun 文學評論), he refused to simply amplify or epitomize the dominant literary policy, favoring the theory of literature as a figurative...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Zong-qi Cai Copyright © 2019 Lingnan University 2019 On behalf of the entire editorial team, it is my honor and pleasure to inaugurate Prism: Theory and Modern Chinese Literature , a biannual peer-reviewed journal published by Duke University Press for Lingnan University of Hong Kong...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 211–220.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Carlos Rojas Copyright © 2019 Lingnan University 2019 In 1960 Japanese scholar of Chinese literature Takeuchi Yoshimi gave a pair of lectures titled “Asia as Method,” in which he considered how one might engage with Western theory from an East Asian perspective. In this intervention...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 293–299.
Published: 01 March 2021
...; a review written for a certain audience must take sides in the battle between area studies and comparative literature. This tension comes to a head in reviewing Jacob Edmond's Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media for a journal addressing “theory and modern Chinese literature.” In covering...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... theories of a revealed divine nexus, announced the cultivation of humanity as the highest purpose of a this-worldly ethic. In contrast to the Weberian view of the formal and stagnant features of Confucian ritual, Li described ritual action as “virtue's externalization into ritual and its internalization...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 3–18.
Published: 01 March 2019
... theory, see MacKinnon, Toward a Feminist Theory . 27 Gramsci, Selections ; Althusser, Lenin and Philosophy . 28 MacIntyre, Marcuse . 29 Yu, “Makesizhuyi de xingfugua.” Lei Feng, a soldier in the People's Liberation Army, wrote about his desire for self-sacrifice in his...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 430–456.
Published: 01 October 2020
... for greater Chinese cultural self-consciousness. In particular, Said's theory was welcomed by scholars who shared a general anxiety about the cultural hegemony of Western academia, which tended to cause Chinese aphasia. In other words, they were concerned that the Chinese were deprived of the right to speak...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 127–142.
Published: 01 March 2020
... questioned such a campaign of spiritual nationalization and regarded it as the loss of personal dignity and literary liberty. Consequently, in the 1980s, I began to write my book Xingge zuhe lun 性格組合論 (On the Composition of Human Character), which actually discussed the theory of humanity composition...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 399–429.
Published: 01 October 2020
... with Western cognitive theory of emotion, comparative investigation, with a balanced consideration of similarities and contrasts, can enable us to discover critical issues overlooked in Chinese literary thought and to theorize about these and other critical issues in much greater theoretical depth. By the same...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 368–389.
Published: 01 October 2019
... Geographies 14 , no. 1 ( 2007 ): 6 – 28 . Bristol, Nellie . “ William H. Stuart: Obituary .” Lancet , no. 372 ( 2008 ): 110 . Buchanan, Mark . Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks . New York : Norton , 2002 . Chen, Kuan-Hsing . Asia as Method: Toward...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
.... This opening article aptly exemplifies our collective endeavor to cross boundaries between modern and premodern studies, between Western and Chinese literary and cultural theories. Just as Walter Benjamin's (1892–1940) critique of technoscientific rationality has been reinterpreted in ecocritical terms, Wang...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 244–255.
Published: 01 March 2021
...: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human . Durham, NC : Duke University Press , 2014 . Wolfe, Cary . Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory . Chicago : University of Chicago Press , 2003 . Wolfe, Cary , ed...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 256–270.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., Black feminist theory more generally demonstrates how Blackness is not a neutral or natural category, the insistence of which is rooted in the violence of slavery and the conditions of its emancipation. Rather, in the afterlife of slavery, Blackness continues to demarcate the distinctions between...