112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Asian Literature III

Session Chair: 
Ji Nang Kim, Texas A&M University
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
RCC Meeting Room 1
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  1. Carlos Yu-Kai Lin, University of Southern California
    This paper examines how does the ancient Chinese term, wenxue, which derives from Confucian classics, becomes the modern concept of literature that denotes a universal literary value and a global literary system.
  2. Chun-yu Lu, Washington University, St. Louis
    This paper examines the complexity of “Chineseness” in Sinophone writings by studying a popular writer, Wu Mansha, a “Chinese alien” in colonial Taiwan, and his popular romances published during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This paper probes how “Chineseness” is constructed vis-à-vis the contesting powers of nationalism, colonialism and the War.
  3. Andrew Harding, Cornell University
    Kim Sok-pom’s novel, Death of a Crow disrupts the category of ‘Zainichi Literature’ by refuting its subsumption into the limiting genre of national allegory. Instead, it portrays a landscape which exposes the roots of oppression in the wider political nomos, thus gesturing towards an alternative subjectivity.
  4. Weihsin Gui, University of California, Riverside
    The concepts of novum and slipstream developed in science fiction criticism can be productively applied to foreground the formal innovativeness of non-science fiction texts. They enable a reading of Singaporean-Canadian writer Lydia Kwa’s novels as formally complex trans-Pacific narratives rather than ethnographic texts of historical or cultural authenticity.
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