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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. 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. Figure 3. Xu Bing: Phoenix Project, 2010. Vast avian structures protest inhumane working More
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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 (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 (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): 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 (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. 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 (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 (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 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
..., this article argues that he seeks to further detach literature from politics by calling for various transcendental dimensions of Chinese literary works beyond the realistic one and by paying intense attention to the literary descriptions of people's sin of complicity and their inner struggle. Liu's evocation...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 27–48.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Li Guo Abstract This essay offers a study of male homoeroticism in an unconventional and yet seminal nineteenth-century woman-authored tanci work, Fengshuangfei 鳳雙飛 (Phoenixes Flying Together; preface dated 1899) by Cheng Huiying 程蕙英 (before 1859–after 1899). Perhaps the only tanci known today...
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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 (1): 85–114.
Published: 01 March 2019
... in China's economic growth, this poetry speaks to the plight of its constituency. Xu Lizhi 許立志 (1990–2014) is one of its best-known authors, whose rise to fame was triggered if not caused by his suicide. While it is impossible to conduct a real discussion of Xu's work without referring to his suicide...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 221–235.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Carlos Rojas Abstract Taking Lu Xun's work as its starting point, this essay examines translation as a methodology for negotiating not between different languages or dialects but rather between different voices. To the extent that some fiction attempts to manifest the voices of socially...
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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...
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Prism (2021) 18 (1): 244–255.
Published: 01 March 2021
...Neel Ahuja Abstract The emerging field of animal studies builds on ethical insights from the animal rights philosophies that involve an analogy between racism and speciesism, or discrimination based on species. Analyzing recent works addressing human-animal relationships in Black studies...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 211–220.
Published: 01 October 2019
... and their corresponding objects. First, in my own essay, I use translation as a prism through which to consider how literary works negotiate their relationship to a set of embedded voices that they seek to represent. Just as translation studies often zero in on the figure of the untranslatable as a limit point...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 205–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and intellectual discourse around loyalism in colonial Taiwan. Tsai's monograph engages with the existing scholarship on colonial Taiwanese literature, but with a different orientation from such well-known works as Leo Ching's Becoming Japanese and Faye Yuan Kleeman's Under an Imperial Sun that have located...