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An expansion of the field of Sinophone studies through the notion of sinoglossia.

Sinoglossia places embodiment, mediality, and translation at the center of this analytical inquiry into Chinese and Sinophone cultures. This book introduces a theory defined by cultural formations not overdetermined by Sinitic linguistic ties. The concept of sinoglossia combines a heteroglossic and heterotopian approach to the critical study of mediated discourses of China and “Chineseness.” From the history of physical examinations and queer subalternity to the cinematic inscription of “Chineseness-as-landscape,” and from Sinopop to the translational writings of Eileen Chang and Syaman Rapongan, this book argues for a flexible conceptualization of cultural objects, conditions, and contexts that draws attention to an array of polyphonic, multi-discursive, and multilingual articulations. In this new horizon of understanding, place or theme create a source of friction and innovation.

272 pages | 17 halftones and 1 table | 6 x 9

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