A History of Taiwan Literature

by Ye Shitao

About Shitao Ye

Ye Shitao is revered as a leader of the localist Taiwanese literary movement and an outspoken critic of martial law and the persecution of intellectuals. He engaged in the famous “nativist literature” debate of the 1970s and helped nurture the careers of countless authors of younger generations. In his history of Taiwan literature, however, Ye strives to adopt a fair and dispassionate tone toward all, ensuring that writers of all camps are represented in it. It is not the work of an academic but of someone immersed in the literary world of Taiwan who knows the milieu as well as anyone and better than most. Ye Shitao passed away in 2008.


Christopher Lupke is Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lupke was Professor of Chinese and Cinema Studies at Washington State University where he coordinated the program for Asian languages for sixteen years and chaired the Center for the Humanities Planning Group. A specialist in modern Chinese culture, Lupke was trained in philosophy at Grinnell College, where he received his BA, in classical Chinese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received his MA, and in classical and modern Chinese as well as cultural theory and film at Cornell University, obtaining his PhD in 1993. In addition to being the author of the highly acclaimed >i>The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien, Lupke has edited two books, The Magnitude of Ming: Command, Life and Fate in Chinese Culture (University of Hawai'i Press, 2005) and New Perspectives on Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and edited or coedited four special theme issues of journals. He also translates. His publications have appeared in boundary 2, Comparative Literature Studies, positions: east asia critique, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Journal of Asian Studies, Asian Cinema, Senses of Cinema, Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, Asymptote, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Quarterly, Epiphany, Eleven Eleven, Free Verse, Five Points, and several other journals and edited volumes.


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