Post-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam

Post-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam

by Ben Tran

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Post-Mandarin offers an engaging look at a cohort of Vietnamese intellectuals who adopted European fields of knowledge, a new Romanized alphabet, and print media—all of which were foreign and illegible to their fathers. This new generation of intellectuals established Vietnam’s modern anticolonial literature.

The term “post-mandarin” illuminates how Vietnam’s deracinated figures of intellectual authority adapted to a literary field moving away from a male-to-male literary address toward print culture. With this shift, post-mandarin intellectuals increasingly wrote for and about women.

Post-Mandarin illustrates the significance of the inclusion of modern women in the world of letters: a more democratic system of aesthetic and political representation that gave rise to anticolonial nationalism. This conceptualization of the “post-mandarin” promises to have a significant impact on the fields of literary theory, postcolonial studies, East Asian and Southeast Asian studies, and modernist studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823273140
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Ben Tran is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and English at Vanderbilt University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Post-Mandarin
1. Autoethnography and Post-Mandarin Masculinity
2. Pornography as Realism, Realism as Aesthetic Modernity
3. The Sociological Novel and Anticolonialism
4. I Speak in the Third Person: Women and Language in Colonial Vietnam
5. Queer Internationalism and Post-mandarin Literature


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