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1st Edition

A World History of Chinese Literature

Edited By

Yingjin Zhang

  • Available for pre-order on June 22, 2023. Item will ship after July 13, 2023
ISBN 9780367764883
July 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
456 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Providing a broad introduction to the area, A World History of Chinese Literature maps the field of Chinese literature across its various worlds. Looking both within – at the world of Chinese literature, its history, linguistic, cultural, local, and regional specificities – and without – at the way Chinese Literature has circulated throughout the world. The thematic focus allows for a broad number of key categories such as authors, genres, genders, regions, as well as innovative explorations of new topics and issues such as inter-arts performativity and transmediation.

The sections cover the circulation and reception of China in World Literature, as well as the worlds of:

  • Chinese Literature Across the Globe
  • Borders, Oceans and Rainforests
  • Comparative Literary Genres
  • Translingual Writers and Scholars
  • Gender Configurations
  • Translation and Transmediation

With a focus on the twentieth and twenty-first century, this collection intervenes in current debates on global Chinese literature, Sinophone and Sinoscript studies, and the production and reception of literary works by ethnic Chinese in non-Sinitic languages, as well as Anglophone literature inspired by Chinese literary tradition. It will be of interest to anyone working on or studying Chinese literature, language and culture, as well as World Literatures in relation to China.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



I. Overviews: Literature, History, and the Multiple Worlds

1. General Introduction

Yingjin Zhang (U of California, San Diego)

2. Modern Chinese Literary Historiography

David Wang (Harvard U)

II. Circulation and Reception of China in World Literature

3. Zeitgeist and Literature: The Reception of Chinese Literature in Germany until the First Half of the Twentieth Century

Weigui Fang (Beijing Normal U, China)

4. Paris and the Art of Transposition, 1920s-1940s

Angie Chau (U of Victoria, Canada)

5. Line, Loop, Constellation: Classical Chinese Poetry between Sinophone and Anglophone Worlds

Luo Hui (Victoria U of Wellington, New Zealand)

6. A Decade Apart: Bridging the US and China Literary Systems, 2010-2021

Jonathan Stalling (U of Oklahoma)

III. Worlding Chinese Literature Across the Globe

7. Chinese Literature at Large: Wong Chin Foo’s Border-Crossing Writing

Ping Zhu (U of Oklahoma)

8. Engaging the World in Republican Literature

Liyan Qin (Peking U, China)

9. The Rise of Author Museums in the PRC: How Institutions Make World Literature

Emily Graf (Free U of Berlin, Germany)

IV. Sinophone Worlds of Borderlands, Urban Jungles, and Rainforests

10. Yi Literature: Traditional and Contemporary

Mark Bender (Ohio State U)

11. Queer Sinophone Literature in Hong Kong: The Politics of Worldliness

Alvin K. Wong (U of Hong Kong)

12. Taiwanese Literature in the Early Twenty-First Century

Kuei-fen Chiu (Chung Hsing U, Taiwan)

13. Of Other (Chinese) Spaces: Sinophone Literature and the Rainforest

Andrea Bachner (Cornell U)

V. Comparative Worlds of Literary Genres

14. Modern Chinese Drama Across Media and Worlds: Centered on the Case of the White Snake

Liang Luo (U of Kentucky)

15. Reportage and the Forms of Nonfiction Art in China

Charles Laughlin (U of Virginia)

16. Reading World Literature in Chinese Science Fiction

Lena Henningsen (U of Freiburg, Germany)

17. Ecological Critique as World Literature: Alienation of Nature and Humans in Chen Qiufan’s Waste Tide

Ban Wang (Stanford U)

VI. Translingual Worlds of Writers and Scholars

18. Su Manshu’s "Broken Hairpin": A Romantic Tragedy in the Hard Times

Ping-hui Liao (U of California, San Diego)

19. Qian Zhongshu as a Cosmopolitan

Ji Jin (Suzhou U, China)

20. Zhang Ailing and the Cold War Cultural Geography

Xiaojue Wang (Rutgers U)

21. Worlding Jin Yong’s Martial Arts (Wuxia) Narrative in Three Keys

Weijie Song (Rutgers U)

22. Yan Lianke’s Heterotopic Imaginaries

Carlos Rojas (Duke U)

VII. New Worlds of Gender Configurations

23. Modern Intellectual Masculinities in Transformation

Jun Lei (Texas A&M U)

24. Nora in China

Ying Hu (U of California, Irvine)

25. Reading Women: Rethinking a Trope in the Socialist Modern and Beyond

Barbara Mittler (U of Heidelberg, Germany)

26. Feminine Neorealist Fiction in the New Millennium: Voice, Trauma, and Focalization in Fang Fang’s Fiction

Li Guo (Utah State U)

VIII. Changing Worlds of Translation and Transmediation

27. Frame Tales: Reading the 1,001 Nights in Early Twentieth-Century China

HiMichael Gibbs Hill (College of William and Mary)

28. Figuring Time: Lyricism in Contemporary Chinese Poetic Films

Shengqing Wu (Hong Kong U of Science and Technology)

29. Performance and Performativity in Modern China

Emily Wilcox (U of Michigan)

30. Chinese Internet Fictions in the Transmedia World

Yiwen Wang (U of California, San Diego)



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Yingjin Zhang was Distinguished Professor of Modern Chinese Literature at the University of California, San Diego, as well as Visiting Professor of Humanities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. His publications include The Making of Chinese-Sinophone Literatures as World Literature (HK University Press, 2022), New Chinese-Language Documentaries (Routledge, 2017) and Chinese Film Stars (Routledge, 2010).