What is Sinophone Literature?
Shu-mei Shih - Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies; UCLA
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Room 203,Henry R. Luce Hall
34 Hillhouse AvenueNew Haven, CT 6511
Taking Jean-Paul Sartre’s provocative question “What is Literature?” as a point of departure, this lecture will explore the parameters of Sinophone literature in the emergent field of Sinophone Studies, which is the study of Sinitic-language cultures and communities on the margins of China and Chineseness. Shu-mei Shih teaches at UCLA and is the author of The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937 (2001) and Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations across the Pacific (2007). She is also the co-editor of Minor Transnationalism (2005) and The Creolization of Theory (forthcoming).
China, Taiwan, Hong Kong