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Affective Geographies and Narratives of Chinese Diaspora

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  • Enhances understanding of Chinese diasporic literature
  • Brings together affect theory and spatial literary theories
  • Illustrates spatial representations and cultural experiences of mobility, displacement, settlement, and hybridity

Part of the book series: Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies (GSLS)

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In various ways, Chinese diasporic communities seek to connect and re-connect with their “homelands” in literature, film, and visual culture. The essays in Affective Geographies and Narratives of Chinese Diaspora examine how diasporic bodies and emotions interact with space and place, as well as how theories of affect change our thinking of diaspora. Questions of borders and border-crossing, not to mention the public and private spheres, in diaspora literature and film raise further questions about mapping and spatial representation and the affective and geographical significance of the push-and-pull movement in diasporic communities. The unique experience is represented differently by different authors across texts and media. In an age of globalization, in “the Chinese Century,” the spatial representation and cultural experiences of mobility, displacement, settlement, and hybridity become all the more urgent. The essays in this volume respond to this urgency, and they help to frame the study of Chinese diaspora and culture today.

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“Affective Geographies and Narratives of Chinese Diaspora provides readers with myriad understandings of networks and fragments of places, spaces, languages, and times, to arouse, create, reciprocate, and repress feelings; and to urge scholarship to attend to these emotions.” (Yahia Ma, Asian Studies Review, May 8, 2023)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Houston, Houston, USA

    Melody Yunzi Li

  • Texas State University, San Marcos, USA

    Robert T. Tally Jr.

About the editors

Robert T. Tally Jr. is Professor of English at Texas State University. His books include Topophrenia: Place, Narrative, and the Spatial Imagination.

Melody Yunzi Li is Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies at University of Houston. Her research interests include Asian diaspora literature, modern Chinese literature and culture, migration studies, and translation studies.



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