Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History

Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History

by David Der-wei Wang, Carlos Rojas, Rey Chow, Harry Harootunian, Masao Miyoshi
     
 

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Writing Taiwan is the first volume in English to examine the entire span of modern Taiwan literature, from the first decades of the twentieth century to the present. In this collection, leading literary scholars based in Taiwan and the United States consider prominent Taiwanese authors and works in genres including poetry, travel writing, and realist,

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Writing Taiwan is the first volume in English to examine the entire span of modern Taiwan literature, from the first decades of the twentieth century to the present. In this collection, leading literary scholars based in Taiwan and the United States consider prominent Taiwanese authors and works in genres including poetry, travel writing, and realist, modernist, and postmodern fiction. The diversity of Taiwan literature is signaled by the range of authors treated, including Yang Chichang, who studied Japanese literature in Tokyo in the early 1930s and wrote all of his own poetry and fiction in Japanese; Li Yongping, an ethnic Chinese born in Malaysia and educated in Taiwan and the United States; and Liu Daren, who was born in mainland China and effectively exiled from Taiwan in the 1970s on account of his political activism.

Because the island of Taiwan spent the first half of the century as a colony of Japan and the second half in an umbilical relationship to China, its literature challenges basic assumptions about what constitutes a “national literature.” Several contributors directly address the methodological and epistemological issues involved in writing about “Taiwan literature.” Other contributors investigate the cultural and political grounds from which specific genres and literary movements emerged. Still others explore themes of history and memory in Taiwan literature and tropes of space and geography, looking at representations of boundaries as well as the boundary-crossing global flows of commodities and capital. Like Taiwan’s history, modern Taiwan literature is rife with conflicting legacies and impulses. Writing Taiwan reveals a sense of its richness and diversity to English-language readers.

Contributors. Yomi Braester, Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, Fangming Chen, Lingchei Letty Chen, Chaoyang Liao, Ping-hui Liao, Joyce C. H. Liu, Kim-chu Ng, Carlos Rojas, Xiaobing Tang, Ban Wang, David Der-wei Wang, Gang Gary Xu, Michelle Yeh, Fenghuang Ying

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This is an original project, difficult to achieve, that updates scholarship on the literature of Taiwan. Its originality is strong and welcome.”—Edward Gunn, author of Rewriting Chinese: Style and Innovation in Twentieth-Century Chinese Prose
Thomas Morgan
“[An] excellent book. . . . this is a conference volume, but either because conference planners were careful in extending invitations and assigning topics or because editors Wang and Rojas did masterful work in sorting and sifting submissions, Writing Taiwan succeeds in mustering disparate voices to address the central topic of the way in which Taiwan has been narrated into existence.”
Kuei-Fen Chiu
“The volume, in fact, works wonderfully as a useful guide for literary scholars, pointing to accessible pathways to a very rich field for research and provocatively reconfiguring the current shape of Chinese literary studies. Anyone who is interested in transnational literary studies, particularly in relation to Asian literature and literatures in Chinese, will find something in this volume to help construct new theoretical and referential frameworks for his or her research.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822338673
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/24/2007
Series:
Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 8.88(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Der-wei Wang is Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China.

Carlos Rojas is Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Literature and Film at the University of Florida.

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