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The Making of Chinese-Sinophone Literatures as World Literature

A polemical intervention in the studies of world literature from the vantage point of Chinese-Sinophone literatures.

In The Making of Chinese-Sinophone Literatures as World Literature, Kuei-fen Chiu and Yingjin Zhang aim to bridge the distance between the scholarship of world literature and that of Chinese and Sinophone literary studies. This edited volume advances research on world literature by bringing in new developments in Sinophone literature and adds a much-needed new global perspective on Chinese literary studies beyond the traditional national literature paradigm and its recent critique by Sinophone studies. In addition to a critical mapping of the respective domains of world literature, Sinophone literature, and world literature in Chinese, the book also addresses the issues of translation, genre, and the impact of media and technology on contemporary understandings of “literature” and “literary prestige.” The issues taken up by the contributors to this volume promise fruitful polemical interventions in the studies of world literature from the vantage point of Chinese and Sinophone literatures.

264 pages | 16 halftones | 6 x 9

Literature and Literary Criticism: Asian Languages

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
List of Contributors viii
Introduction: Chinese-Sinophone Literatures as World Literature 1
Kuei-fen Chiu and Yingjin Zhang
Part I. Conceptualization and Methods
1. Chinese Literature, Translation, and World Literature 25
Zhang Longxi
2. Locations of China in World Literature and World Cinema 40
Yingjin Zhang
3. Comparison as Relation: From World History to World Literature 63
Shu-mei Shih
Part II. Translation Circuits: Intra-Asia, Transpacific, and the Global
4. Intra-Asian Reading; or, How Lu Xun Enters into a World Literature 83
Satoru Hashimoto
5. World-Literary Hospitality: China, Latin America, Translation 103
Andrea Bachner
6. The Worlding of Chinese Science Fiction: A Global Genre and Its
Negotiations as World Literature 122
Mingwei Song
Part III. Genre Matters: The Novel, Poetry, and Children’s Literature
7. Space, Place, and Distance: Gao Xingjian, Mo Yan, and the Novel in
World Literature 145
Wendy Larson
8. Memesis and Contemporary Chinese Poetry: A Distributed View on
World Literature 164
Tong King Lee
9. Taiwanese Picturebooks and Children’s Literature as World Literature 186
Andrea Mei-Ying Wu
Part IV: Literary Lives on Transmedia and the Internet
10. From Writing to Roaming: World Literature and the Literary World of
Black and Blue 203
Michel Hockx
11. World Literature in an Age of Digital Technologies: Digital Archive,
Wikipedia, and 217
Kuei-fen Chiu
Glossary 237
Index 243

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