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Published: 01 October 2019
figure 5 . Wang Qingsong: “Poisonous Spider,” 2005. An earlier iteration of the work entangles a migrant worker at the heart of the web. More
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Published: 01 October 2019
figure 3 . Xu Bing: Phoenix Project, 2010. Vast avian structures protest inhumane working conditions in the Chinese construction industry; but the only visible human presence is the spectators. More
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 479–500.
Published: 01 October 2021
...Li Wen Jessica Tan Abstract This article examines Wei Beihua's modernist works, which have receded into the shadows of Sinophone Malayan (Mahua) literary history, in relation to Indonesian poet Chairil Anwar, to excavate a neglected route of transculturation at the height of Southeast Asia's...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 385–408.
Published: 01 October 2021
...Christopher Peacock Abstract From early works such as “Ralo” (1997) to the more recent “Black Fox Valley” (2012), the acclaimed Tibetan author Tsering Döndrup has demonstrated a consistent interest in the impact of the Chinese language on Tibetan life. This article examines the techniques...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 139–162.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Jacob Edmond Abstract The term world literature is often used to name the small subset of literary texts that are translated into many languages and circulate globally. One might see the work of the widely translated, globe-trotting poet Bei Dao 北島 (pen name of Zhao Zhenkai 趙振開) as epitomizing...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 271–284.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Margherita Long Abstract This essay introduces three works of post-Fukushima Japanese literature, by Hayashi Kyoko (1930–2017), Kimura Yusuke (1970–) and Kobayashi Erika (1978–), to offer an environmental humanities alternative to Giorgio Agamben's response to COVID-19. Politically, Hayashi...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 321–342.
Published: 01 October 2021
...Miya Qiong Xie Abstract This article reconsiders the established modern Chinese writer Duanmu Hongliang and his first and most influential work, The Korchin Banner Plains (completed in 1933 and published in 1939), from a borderland perspective. The novel is set in western Manchuria, a multiethnic...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 438–453.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Carlos Rojas Abstract This article borrows Juno Salazar Parreñas's concept of the “semi-wild” as an entry point into an analysis of Malaysian Chinese author Zhang Guixing's novels Elephant Herd (1998) and Monkey Cup (2000). Set in Sarawak, both works feature a relatively simple plotline interwoven...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 19–32.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Carlos Rojas Abstract Taking Jia Pingwa's 2013 novel Daideng 帶燈 (The Lantern Bearer) as its focal point, this article considers a series of allusions to insects in this and other works. The article takes these references to insects in Jia's literary publications as a starting point for reflecting...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 143–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
...David Der-wei Wang Abstract Liu Zaifu is one of the most influential critics in the New Era after the Cultural Revolution. His works, such as On Literary Subjectivity (1985) and A Treatise of Character Composition (1986), inspired a generation of Chinese youth yearning for intellectual...
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Prism (2021) 18 (2): 501–525.
Published: 01 October 2021
... and Sinophone literary studies range from an implicit aversion to non-Sinitic-language texts to their explicit exclusion. The consequence, however, is that texts that would otherwise be considered works of Chinese literature based on their content and/or combinations of other factors are condemned...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 260–297.
Published: 01 October 2019
...figure 5 . Wang Qingsong: “Poisonous Spider,” 2005. An earlier iteration of the work entangles a migrant worker at the heart of the web. ...
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Prism (2022) 19 (2): 374–393.
Published: 01 September 2022
... Ngon's fleeting scene of Speakers' Corner (a flash platform of “gestural politics”) as a point of departure, this article charts a short history of Sinophone flash and its relationship to literary community building in Singapore through integrative readings of representative works by Jun Yinglü, Ai Yu...
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Prism (2023) 20 (1): 177–200.
Published: 01 March 2023
...-gendered form of labor through which subjects negotiate the “everyday ethical challenge” of survival under multiple imperial structures. The construction and positioning of transimperial subjects in the creative work of China scholars resists forms of imperial power that serve to marginalize, erase...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 57–78.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Frances Weightman Abstract The authorial preface to works of fiction provides a unique space for exploration of authorial self-fashioning and author-reader mediation. This article argues that, when works of fiction are translated and new prefaces written for a new readership, these prefaces can...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 277–297.
Published: 01 October 2020
... in Greater China beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The article focuses in particular on four literary works dating from around 1994 that examine queer individuals in relation modern institutional structures associated with disciplines of biology/science, reportage/media, medicine/activism...
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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 (2019) 16 (1): 174–196.
Published: 01 March 2019
... performance. In addition to evaluating new concepts and new techniques at work in the cross-fertilization of cinema and other visual media in the new millennium, this article complicates Julien's celebrated political poetics by highlighting his problematic reception by ethnic Chinese spectators...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 157–173.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Michelle Yeh Abstract This article provides the first comprehensive study of the use of ancient Greek and Roman allusions and motifs in the poetry of Yang Mu. By focusing on representative works from Yang's oeuvre, the study sheds light on how the poet's appropriations of Greco-Roman materials...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... things” ( wanwu 萬物). In this essay, the author examines distinct ways in which fictional writers imagine relational dynamics between humans, nonhuman animals, regional ecosystems, and the cosmos to theorize ecology as method. Ecology as method works to radically decenter anthropocentric understandings...