Asian Literary Voices

From Marginal to Mainstream

Edited by Philip F. Williams

Edited by Philip F. Williams

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

168 pages | 6-3/10 x 9-1/2 | © 2010
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789089640925 Published July 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The essays in this collection give voice to a wide range of artists and writers from China, Japan, Korea, and India who to this day remain largely unknown or poorly understood in literary circles around the world. Contributors from Asia, Europe, and the United States cover a wide range of topics from a vast expanse of time, from Sanskrit poetry dating back over a thousand years to Chinese fiction of the twenty-first century.

Introduction: Asian Literary Voices
      Philip F. Williams

1. Korean and Japanese Portraits of Ideal Lovers
      Susan Lee
2. Yamada Bimyō’s “Musashino” and the Development of Early Meiji Historical Fiction
      Daniel J. Sullivan
3. From Atomized to Networked: Rural-to-Urban Migrants in Twentieth-century Chinese Narrative
      Philip F. Williams
4. Sex for Sex’s Sake? The “Genital Writings” of the Chinese Bad-Girl Writers
      Shelley W. Chan
5. In and Out of Home: Bing Xin Recontextualized
      Mao Chen
6. From Enlightenment to Sinology: Early European Suggestions on How to Learn Chinese, 1770-1840
      Georg Lehner
7. Chinese Avant-Garde Theater: New Trends in Chinese Experimental Drama near the Close of the Twentieth Century
      Izabella Łabędzka
8. Malraux’s Hope: Allegory and the Voices of Silence
      William D. Melaney
9. Reception, Reappropriation, and Reinvention: Chinese Vernacular Fiction and Elite Women’s Reading Practices in Late Chosǒn Korea
      Sohyeon Park
10. Some Women Writers and their Works in Classical Sanskrit Literature: A Reinterpretation
      Supriya Banik Pal

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