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Writing Chinese

Reshaping Chinese Cultural Identity

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. The Debate

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction: Dis/Claiming “Chineseness”

      • Lingchei Letty Chen
      Pages 3-8
  3. The Issues

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 27-27
    2. Refashioning Cultural Authenticity: Taiwan

      • Lingchei Letty Chen
      Pages 51-76
    3. Hong Kong Androgynous: Embodying Cultural Hybridity

      • Lingchei Letty Chen
      Pages 77-98
  4. The Vision

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 123-123
    2. Globalizing the Self: The Aesthetics of Hybridity

      • Lingchei Letty Chen
      Pages 147-174
  5. Coda: Cultural Identity and Cultural Globalization

    1. Coda: Cultural Identity and Cultural Globalization

      • Lingchei Letty Chen
      Pages 175-176
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 177-222

About this book

This is a comparative study of the politics of Chinese cultural identity facing China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US-Chinese, and the Chinese diaspora in the West. The author challenges current discussions of hybridity and nationalism by contrasting the experiences of Taiwan, Hong Kong and US-Chinese with those of China and the Chinese diaspora.

Keywords

  • aesthetics
  • authenticity
  • China
  • Chinese
  • community
  • Flow
  • globalization
  • identity
  • nationalism
  • politics
  • technology
  • writing

Reviews

"This is the first book to so thoroughly probe one of the questions that has haunted and continues to haunt Chinese writers: what does it mean to be Chinese? Through analysis of contemporary literary texts from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora, Chen sees the literary representation of identity as a spectrum of possibilities ranging from the ³authentic² (negotiating a cultural identity out of an interaction with traditional culture) to the ³hybrid² (reveling in plural identities). Within a framework shaped by postmodern and postcolonial theories, Chen shows a keen sensitivity in her reading of literary texts, which include those by writers as diverse as Wang Anyi, Zhu Tianxin and Zhu Tianwen, Dung Kai-cheung, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Gao Xingjian."- Kirk Denton, The Ohio State University

'Letty Chen has done magnificent work in rethinking the meaning and function of literary history and cultural politics. In Writing Chinese: Reshaping Chinese Cultural Identity, she looks into sources drawn from both indigenous and diasporic Chinese writings and teases out the radical elements in the contemporary debate about cultural and ethnic identities. Her book is an important source for anyone interested in Chinese and comparative literary and cultural studies.' - David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University

'Writing Chinese enacts a drama of personal and cultural identity along the jagged lines of travel, motion and assimilation. In lucid and flowing language Lingchei Letty Chen shows the poignant juggling acts of trying to find one's anchorage in the shifting sands of genealogies, memories, and national identifications. No sooner is Chineseness posited than it slips away to a new place in geopolitical power shuffling. Based on culture and literature in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, her provocative accounts articulate the dynamic matrix of authenticity, identity, and divided loyalty.' - Ban Wang, author of The Sublime Figure of History (1997) and Illuminations from the Past (2004)

About the author

LINGCHEI LETTY CHEN is Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Language and Literature at Washington University, USA.

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  • ISBN: 978-1-4039-8298-8
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Softcover Book USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 110.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)