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Early Modern Bromance:

Love, Friendship, and Marriage in Sixteenth-Century Italian Academies
Aria Dal Molin
ISBN: 9781621965527

"A truly groundbreaking book of exceptional interest and potentially long-lasting importance for cultural studies on both sides of the Atlantic. With bold originality as well as scholarly acumen, Aria Dal Molin focuses on the activities of prominent Italian male academies, especially in Cinquecento Siena, and compares their unconventional, sexually daring scripted comedies to 'bromantic' American films and television series of the 1980s–2010s. Providing new insights into revealing parallels and differences between performance contexts across two continents and five centuries, this interdisciplinary and highly readable study is a most welcome one." —Eric Nicholson, Faculty Member, New York University Florence Read More..

Mo Yan Speaks:

Lectures and Speeches by the Nobel Laureate from China
Mo Yan
ISBN: 9781604979893

“To have a Nobel laureate’s take on literature is invaluable—it is all the more the case for Mo Yan, whose name means ‘Don’t Speak’! It is a significant contribution to the literary world that his insights will now be available to English readers for the first time in this priceless book, which contains important speeches and lectures by this writer whose impact on world literature continues to grow.” - Professor Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, Nobel Laureate Read More..

Decadence in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture:

A Comparative and Literary-Historical Reevaluation
Hongjian Wang
ISBN: 9781621965435

"A fascinating study, Decadence in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture analyzes work by literary luminaries such as Yu Dafu, Shao Xunmei, Yu Hua, Su Tong, Wang Shuo, Wang Xiaobo, and Lin Lichuan, exposing writers’ use of the perverse and the decadent to counter traditional aesthetics and excessive politicization while carving out a new modern position for Chinese letters. This book brilliantly illuminates many hidden corners in a complex literary history." —Wendy Larson, University of Oregon Read More..

Writing Poetry, Surviving War:

The Works of Refugee Scholar-Official Chen Yuyi (1090–1139)
Yugen Wang
ISBN: 9781621965466

"A meticulous study of Chen Yuyi’s evolution as a poet in the context of his personal experience and the literary trends in the transitional period between the Northern and the Southern Song. The copious and judicious translations of Chen’s poetic works are well executed and accompanied with incisive explications." —Xiaoshan Yang, University of Notre Dame Read More..

Individual Autonomy and Responsibility in Late Imperial China

Paolo Santangelo
ISBN: 9781621965497

“A timely masterpiece … A major strength of the book is its comparative perspective. Santangelo not only compares and contrasts the terms and reflections within Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist contexts, but he also expertly brings Western concepts into conversation with the East Asian constructions of self, destiny, shame, and pleasure." —Guotong Li, California State University, Long Beach Read More..

Monstrosity and Chinese Cultural Identity:

Xenophobia and the Reimagination of Foreignness in Vernacular Literature since the Song Dynasty
Isaac Yue
ISBN: 9781621965046

"Using selected key figures from Chinese literature from the Tang through the Qing, Isaac Yue traces the increasing attribution of monstrous qualities to foreigners as a means to demean the Other while inflating the stature of Chinese cultural identity. Yue’s sharp observations on the evolving images of Zhang Fei, Sun Wukong, and Zhong Kui will surely inspire a reevaluation of the cultural relevance of the texts in which these figures appear." —Robert E. Hegel, Washington University in St. Louis Read More..

In(ter)ventions of the Self:

Writing and the Autobiographical Subject in Hispanic American Literature (1974–2002)
Sergio R. Franco
ISBN: 9781621965565

"This book is both an insightful theoretical intervention in critical discussions of the autobiographical genre and a highly original analysis of the autobiographies of five giants of Latin American literature ... Sergio Franco teaches us to read autobiography in new and productive ways, ... providing a valuable framework for future studies." —Anne Lambright, Carnegie Mellon University Read More..

A Son of Taiwan:

Stories of Government Atrocity
Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin
ISBN: 9781621966937

The pernicious effects of the White Terror in Taiwan went beyond actual acts of atrocity, as the citizens practiced self-censorship and passed their fears on to the next generation. For many years, this part of Taiwan’s past was talked about, if at all, with circumspection as the overriding principle. Literary representations often employed obscure references, which themselves could get the writers into serious trouble, or worse. The stories in this collection, though fictional in nature, expand our understanding of Taiwan’s postcolonial history and extend our memory of the past, in Taiwan’s pursuit of transitional justice. Read More..

Rethinking the Modern Chinese Canon:

Refractions across the Transpacific
Clara Iwasaki
ISBN: 9781621965473

"The book will benefit not only scholars of modern Chinese literature but of Sinophone studies, comparative literature, American studies, Asian American studies, transpacific studies, cultural studies, and even modern comparative history, and will be an important teaching tool in translation studies." —Ari L. N. Heinrich, Australian National University Read More..

Remapping the Contested Sinosphere:

The Cross-cultural Landscape and Ethnoscape of Taiwan
Chia-rong Wu
ISBN: 9781621965442

"Examining trends and transformations that go up against rigidly conceived, monolithic cultural ideologies and the distinctive achievements of a new generation of Taiwanese writers in various literary subgenres, this book engages in dialogue with critical issues raised by Sinophone Studies and is at the same time a welcome new addition to the Taiwanese literature scholarship in the English-speaking world."—Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang, The University of Texas at Austin Read More..

 

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