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A History of Taiwan Literature

Ye Shitao
ISBN: 9781621964773

The book is a rigorous, comprehensive treatment; it goes to great lengths to devote attention to all major writers in the history of Taiwan as well as many who were not as prominent. Ye has been fair and evenhanded in the writing of his literary history of Taiwan; there is little, if any, tendentiousness in the book. Read More..

A Taiwanese Literature Reader

Nikky Lin
ISBN: 9781621965053

According to Taiwanese writer and historian Ye Shitao, the development of Taiwanese literature during Japanese occupation can be divided into three stages: the “nascent period” (1920–1925), followed by the “mature period” (1926–1937), and finally the “war period” (1937–1945). The six stories in this collection are representative works from the mature period and the war period. Each story depicts different hardships and predicaments faced by Taiwan as a colony under Japanese rule, offering insight into how this part of Taiwan’s history continues to impact contemporary Taiwanese society. Read More..

Cosmopolitan Rurality, Depopulation, and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in 21st-Century Japan

John Traphagan
ISBN: 9781621965022

"A very engaging and thoughtful work that will be of great interest to Japan scholars and to any social scientists with a concern for conditions of life in contemporary rural regions in many of the advanced industrial societies ... an impressive book." —William Kelly, Professor of Anthropology and Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies, Yale University Read More..

The Great Leap Backward:

Forgetting and Representing the Mao Years
Lingchei Letty Chen
ISBN: 9781604979923

Letty Chen’s book is a timely intervention with the prevailing narrative of the Chinese Dream. The Great Leap Backward is a compelling reference for anyone interested in memory studies, Chinese and comparative literature, and cultural and political history.” —David Der-wei Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University Read More..

Law and Society in Imperial Japan:

Suehiro Izutaro and the Search for Equity
Jason Morgan
ISBN: 9781604979930

"A first-rate scholarly work that is an important contribution to understanding Japan's legal and wartime history. Built on primary sources in Japanese and other languages, the bibliography is exhaustive and will be valuable in itself as a guide to the field. There is much to learn from this book, including important lessons about the nature of wartime Japanese society and politics." — Kevin M. Doak, Georgetown University Read More..

Insects in Chinese Literature:

A Study and Anthology
Wilt L. Idema
ISBN: 9781604979541

"Beginning with a discussion of Lu Xun’s collaborative Chinese translation of a German translation of Dutch insect fables, Idema shows how anthropomorphic fabulation has indeed a rich tradition in Chinese popular literature. As always, Idema provides a wide range of delightful and readable translations that demonstrate a hitherto unknown side of Chinese literature.” —Stephen Owen, Harvard University Read More..

Emanated Buddhas in the Aureole of Buddhist Images from India, Central Asia, and China

Tianshu Zhu
ISBN: 9781604979480

A pioneering and painstaking study of the meaning behind the small Buddhas figures depicted in the halo and/or aureole of Buddha and bodhisattva images. Includes color images. Read More..

Dreamworld of Casino Capitalism:

Macao’s Society, Literature, and Culture
Janet Ng
ISBN: 9781621964278

A revealing portrayal of the casino-entertainment complex as seen in Macao's society, literature, and culture. Each chapter of this unique work shows the experiential and emotional response of the people most impacted. Read More..

The Poetics and Politics of Sensuality in China:

The “Fragrant and Bedazzling” Movement (1600-1930)
Xiaorong Li
ISBN: 9781604979527

“'Fragrant and Bedazzling,' as a poetic genre, a gendered imaginary, and a structure of feeling, marks one of the most neglected literary phenomena of early modern China. Professor Xiaorong Li has offered an inspiring and fascinating study of how Chinese elite and popular cultures conceive of eroticism, and how writings about sensuality facilitate both libertine aestheticism and body politics. As the first of its kind, this book will be of great importance to anyone interested in Chinese history of sexuality and textuality, gender studies, and affective modernity." —David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University Read More..

Spatial Imaginaries in Mid-Tang China:

Geography, Cartography, and Literature
Ao Wang
ISBN: 9781604979411

"Ao Wang’s new book, executed with critical insight and poetic sensitivity, encompasses diverse literary forms and lends new nuances to our understanding of mid-Tang literature. Imaginative and inspiring, it is a significant contribution to the study of medieval Chinese literature and cultural history." —Xiaofei Tian, Harvard University Read More..

 

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