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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 430–456.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Xiaolu Ma Abstract Since Edward Said published his seminal study on Orientalism, the notion of the Orient has been heavily discussed and hotly debated in both the Eastern and Western worlds. While early studies of Orientalism mainly underline Western fantasies of an exotic East as the West's “other...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 89–113.
Published: 01 March 2021
.... By exploring the sociohistorical context that gives rise to such modern narratives, this article draws links between Han's pioneering experimentations with Haishanghua and the rise of literary naturalism in the West. In this way, the author sheds light on the significance of this atypical novel...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 300–303.
Published: 01 March 2021
... adaptation of Western knowledge at the turn of the century on its head. Rather than focusing on the East's reception of Western democracy, modernity, and science, Du's study highlights the West's adaptation of Oriental mysticism after World War I. Du's reading of Gu Hongming adds nuance to the often...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 293–299.
Published: 01 March 2021
... tracing “a common turn to repetition and reproduction among diverse poets working in three global languages” (2) is that we study “non-Western, peripheral, or global modernism” not “to uncover non-Western writers' imitation of Western literature in order to make their work legible to the West”: rather...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 456–471.
Published: 01 October 2019
... modern Chinese literature but also what he had learned from figures like John Dewey, Bertrand Russell, and Rabindranath Tagore—namely, that Japan was accustomed to seeing itself solely in terms of its relationship to the West, and only by replacing this sort of Eurocentric approach by inviting...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 457–474.
Published: 01 October 2020
...” and “Western” conspiracy, and to turn the whole thing literally into a spectacle made in and for the West, a popular horror movie that might as well have been shot in Hollywood studios instead of the streets in Beijing. 7 It would be uncharitable to imagine that Chow's sympathies did not lie...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 390–407.
Published: 01 October 2019
... without negotiating borders, which, as one character subtly suggests, may have involved the illegal smuggling of opium. As the novel shows, the transnational capitalism of the “overseas Chinese” old money was forced to confront a Eurocentric world order that posited the West as the progenitor...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 211–220.
Published: 01 October 2019
... of hand, but he instead proposed that a more productive response would be for Asia to “re-embrace the West” and attempt to improve the West's own ideals by reassessing them from an outside perspective. In order for this to be possible, he concluded, Asia must have “[its] own cultural values.” Noting...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 October 2020
... hopes. For the intellectual context of this mythical turn in the West, Benjamin points to the period from the end of the nineteenth century to the 1930s in his essay “Some Motifs in Baudelaire” (1939). The “blinding age” of industry, technology, and consumer culture forced European philosophers to turn...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 183–198.
Published: 01 March 2020
... the nationalization of literature and hearts. Liu Zaifu's research on Gao Xingjian's 高行健 (1940–) oeuvre has been well received in the academic field in the West. Even before Gao won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2000, Liu had started to enthusiastically introduce his work to readers inside and outside of China. He...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 277–297.
Published: 01 October 2020
...元 (1963–) 1996 underground film Donggong xigong 東宮西宮 (East Palace West Palace). Authored by men and women, queers and straights, these four works explicitly reflect on how practices of observation and representation help (re)constitute the homoerotic subjects under consideration. Each work...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 217–224.
Published: 01 October 2020
... in the close reading of Chinese and West texts of antiquity. He starts with a study of direct, unmediated ekphrasis. Reading Mei Sheng's 枚乘 (d. 140 BCE) fu work “Qi fa” 七發 (Seven Stimuli) alongside book VI of Quintilian's (c. 35–c. 100 CE) Institutio oratoria , Ekström demonstrates how ekphrasis engenders...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 1–8.
Published: 01 March 2021
... and instead pointing to fluidity, nuance, and complexity. In seeking to map a diversity of positionalities, the essays aspire to contribute to a global queer historiography that takes nothing—not East, not West, not past, not present—for granted. 4 The two essays “The Death of His Husband: Contesting...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 188–209.
Published: 01 March 2021
... and desperate countries, and so forth. Now, both the West and the catching-up non-West use smog to symbolize early industrial barbarity. In coining the term smog modernity , Lin highlights the internal conflict of modernity ideology, in which nature in the form of disaster (here air pollution) lies...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 174–196.
Published: 01 March 2019
... to appreciate his ostentatiously auteurist, visually attractive, yet cross-culturally problematic vision of China. As the object of seeing, China has long been fixated in the West, at once idealized (e.g., chinoiserie in literature and art) and demonized (e.g., the yellow peril in films) in modern times. 3...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 157–171.
Published: 01 March 2020
... are filled with the most violent emotions and irrational impulses, reason provides rational ways of conceiving, expressing, and eventually overcoming this primitive vision. Thus, the history of political theory in the West is underlined by a succession of struggles between mythos and logos, leading...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 304–309.
Published: 01 March 2021
..., in some notable cases, theatricality is represented in vernacular fiction. The novels he examines are Xiyou ji 西遊記 (Journey to the West; 1592) and Xiyou bu 西遊補 (A Supplement to The Journey to the West ; 1641). In the case of the former, which foregrounds the antics of its monkey protagonist, Lam...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and West, is the de facto hub linking all major areas of modern Chinese literary production. To maximize this unique geocultural advantage, Prism will go further than its predecessor in boundary crossing. While including sinophone works in its purview, it will strive to initiate dialogue with Western...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2020
... carefully so as to overcome ideological divisions and present a uniform voice opposing Japanese militarism and upholding the ‘Chinese people’ as the sole subject of identification.” 16 Baodiao student groups were soon established in numerous universities on the West Coast and in the Midwest, including...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 264–276.
Published: 01 October 2020
... (singer of small tunes), and xianggong 相公 (opera actor) were replaced by tongxing'ai 同性愛 or tongxinglian 同性戀 (homosexuality). This article traces the emergence of the new sexual subject and episteme in the transitional period. The first encounter of views between China and the West in the field...