• Guanglin Wang


The afterword begins with the story of Li Bai, a famous Tang Dynasty poet long revered as the Banished Immortal, to illustrate that the exilic spirit of a writer is highly relevant to issues of language, translation, writing, exile, and freedom. The paradox of monolingualism held by the officials in the story and multilingualism held by Li Bai represents two ways of looking at the world: one is conceited and restrained, and the other is empowered with more knowledge and more freedom. For the diasporic writer, the claim for literary subjectivity is no longer considered as a fidelity in their translation of national languages, but as a function of a larger cultural process, and the cultural meaning is understood as determined by historical forces and embodied in the dialectics and dialogics in world literary communications.


Banished Immortal Exile Translation Diasporic Alter/native 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guanglin Wang
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  1. 1.SISUShanghaiChina

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