Ng Kim Chew's work showcases some of the most exciting contemporary short fiction written in Chinese, deftly combining narrative experimentation, conceptual sophistication, and plot development. Thanks to its thoughtful selection and care for highlighting Ng's reflections on the medium of writing in multicultural and multiethnic contexts, Carlos Rojas's translation makes Ng's fiction accessible for an English-language readership without sacrificing the self-reflexive complexity and intercultural creativity of his work.
With over forty original essays, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures offers an in-depth engagement with the current analytical methodologies and critical practices that are shaping the field in the twenty-first century. Divided into three sections--Structure, Taxonomy, and Methodology--the volume carefully moves across approaches, genres, and forms to address a rich range topics that include popular culture in Late Qing China, Zhang Guangyu's Journey to the West in Cartoons, writings of Southeast Asian migrants in Taiwan, the Chinese Anglophone Novel, and depictions of HIV/AIDS in Chu T'ien-wen's Notes of a Desolate Man.
The collapse of China’s Qing dynasty coincided roughly with discoveries that helped revolutionize views of infectious disease. Together, these parallel developments generated a set of paradigm shifts in the understanding of society, the individual, as well as the cultural matrix that mediates between them. In Homesickness, Carlos Rojas examines an array of Chinese literary and cinematic tropes of illness, arguing that these works approach sickness not solely as a symptom of dysfunction but more importantly as a key to its potential solution..
Kwon examines intimate cultural encounters between Korea and Japan during the colonial era and their postcolonial disavowal. Through the case study of the formation and repression of imperial subjects between Korea and Japan, he considers the imbrications of colonialism and modernity and the entwined legacies of colonial and Cold War histories in the Asia-Pacific more broadly.
A groundbreaking study of Taiwan cinema, Hong provides helpful insight into how it is taught and studied by taking into account not only the auteurs of New Taiwan Cinema, but also the history of popular genre films before the 1980s. The book is essential for students and scholars of Taiwan, film and visual studies, and East Asian cultural history.
Twelve leading scholars grapple with questions about the complex relationship between Israel and Russia. The collection provides unexpected answers to the questions: what is the extent of Russia in Israel and Israel in Russia?
Exploring everything from fantasy architecture to neo-tribal sports and from Emirati dress codes to neo-Bedouin poetry contests, cooke explores the idea that the tribal is primitive and argues instead that it is an elite, exclusive, racist, and modern instrument for branding new nations and shaping Gulf citizenship and identity—an image used for projecting prestige at home and power abroad.
In 1928, Nazira Zeineddine al-Halabi, wrote an indictment of patriarchal oppression in which she boldly stated that the veil was un-Islamic, directly challenging the teachings of “wiser" male scholars. The book was considered by many an attack on Islam, it rocked the Muslim world and was banned by many clerics, although it quickly went into a second edition and was translated into several languages. cooke offers an intimate portrait of the life and work of this pioneering champion of Islamic feminism.
This provocative collection addresses such questions in exploring male and female experiences of war and how this experience has been articulated in literature, film and drama, history, psychology, and philosophy.
Ginsburg charts the emergence and formation of the Hebrew discourse of the nation from the late 19th century through the late 20th century. He challenges these notions of a common rhetoric by considering three areas of writing: literature, literary and cultural criticism, and ideological and political writings.
Lo explores the evolving encounter between the diversity of local Islamic knowledge and the politics of transnational Muslim education trends. Contributors include Islamic education scholars and administrators in Muslim institutions. Using theoretical studies, case studies of these institutions and analyzing issues of intellectual viability and graduate visibility in these institutions, this volume will serve students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
Written by a team of highly experienced instructors, the book is an innovative multimedia course for advanced students of Chinese. The authors offer advanced learners the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of Chinese through a wide range of activities designed to build up both excellent language skills and cultural literacy.
In the decades leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011, when Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian regime was swept from power in Egypt, Muslim women took a leading role in developing a robust Islamist presence in the country’s public sphere. The book examines the writings and activism of these women who envisioned an Islamic awakening in which women’s rights and the family, equality, and emancipation were at the center.
The book presents essays by leading researchers and scholars intent on yielding new insights and new analyses using three different methodologies that cover topics from the industry's beginnings in the 1920s up to its current forms in contemporary Hong Kong, Taiwan and the global diaspora.
Focusing on global networks and cultural exchanges, Mediterranean Passages collects writings from across 3,000 years to provide a pan-Mediterranean perspective of the cultural, political, and economic relations that crisscross the region, linking people and places from antiquity to the present.
This is the first critical study of all of Pamuk’s novels, including the early untranslated work. This is not a traditional study of literature, but a book that turns to literature to ask larger questions about recent transformations in Turkish history, identity, modernity, and collective memory.