Modern Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field - Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society (Paperback)
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Modern Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field - Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 04/01/2001
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These groundbreaking essays use critical theory to reflect on issues pertaining to modern Chinese literature and culture and, in the process, transform the definition and conceptualization of the field of modern Chinese studies itself. The wide range of topics addressed by this international group of scholars includes twentieth-century literature produced in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China; film, art, history, popular culture, and literary and cultural criticism; as well as the geographies of migration and diaspora.

One of the volume's provocative suggestions is that the old model of area studies-an offshoot of U.S. Cold War strategy that found its anchorage in higher education-is no longer feasible for the diverse and multifaceted experiences that are articulated under the rubric of "Chineseness." As Rey Chow argues in her introduction, the notion of a monolithic Chineseness bound ultimately to mainland China is, in itself, highly problematic because it recognizes neither the material realities of ethnic minorities within China nor those of populations in places such as Tibet, Taiwan, and post-British Hong Kong. Above all, this book demonstrates that, as the terms of a chauvinistic sinocentrism become obsolete, the critical use of theory-particularly by younger China scholars whose enthusiasm for critical theory coincides with changes in China's political economy in recent years-will enable the emergence of fresh connections and insights that may have been at odds with previous interpretive convention.
Originally published as a special issue of the journal boundary 2, this collection includes two new essays and an afterword by Paul Bove that places its arguments in the context of contemporary cultural politics. It will have far-reaching implications for the study of modern China and will be of interest to scholars of theory and culture in general.

Contributors. Stanley K. Abe, Ien Ang, Chris Berry, Paul Bove, Sung-cheng Yvonne Chang, Rey Chow, Dorothy Ko, Charles Laughlin, Leung Ping-kwan, Kwai-cheung Lo, Christopher Lupke, David Der-wei Wang, Michelle Yeh

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822325970
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Rey Chow is perhaps the only scholar of Chinese cultural studies likely to be familiar to cultural studies and comparative literature scholars in general."
--Jason McGrath, "Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature"
"Chow's vision has implications beyond the narrow realm that the title of this volume suggests to the unpacking of any monolithic identity and the contesting of any cultural locale in an increasingly globalized context. As such its appeal extends to comparatists in the widest sphere of literary and cultural studies."
--Hilary Chung, "The China Review"

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