Author: Guixing Zhang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Literary Criticism
My South Seas Sleeping Beauty is a captivating coming-of-age tale set in the magical jungles of Borneo. Told through the vivid recollections of a Chinese-Malay youth, the novel recounts the life of Su Qi, a troubled, sensitive son of a wealthy family, and exemplifies the imaginative range of one of Taiwan's most innovative writers. "There were all sorts of stories about how my younger sister died," Su Qi begins, hinting at the power of memory to bend and refract truth. Yet whichever the real story may be, the fact is that the death of Su Qi's sister created an irrevocable rift in Su Qi's family, driving his father into the arms of aboriginal women and his mother into a world of her own invention. In an effort to escape the oppression of home, Su Qi loses himself in the surrounding jungle, full of Communist guerillas and strange tropical fauna. The jungle further blurs the line between fantasy and reality for Su Qi, until he meets Chunxi, the beautiful, frail daughter of his father's best friend. Chunxi is an oasis of kindness and honesty in an otherwise cruel and evasive world, but after a bizarre accident, Chunxi falls into a deep coma, and Su Qui flees to Taiwan. In college Su Qi meets Keyi, a vivacious siren who helps Su Qi forget not only his violent past but also the colorful tales of his youth. When a family member dies, however, Su Qi is pulled back to the jungles of Borneo where he begins to unravel the secrets of his family's past-a story stranger than any fairy tale-and learns that his cherished dream of awakening his beloved Chunxi may be more than just a fantasy. Influenced by the lyricism of William Faulkner and the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, My South Seas Sleeping Beauty is a deeply evocative exploration of sexuality and identity and a masterful reworking of Chinese and Western myth. Valerie Jaffee's careful translation retains all the tone and detail of the original work and provides rare access to a new and exciting generation of Chinese writers born in Southeast Asia.
Author: Brian C. Bernards
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Release Date: 2015-12-21
Genre: Literary Criticism
Postcolonial literature about the South Seas, or Nanyang, examines the history of Chinese migration, localization, and interethnic exchange in Southeast Asia, where Sinophone settler cultures evolved independently by adapting to their "New World" and mingling with native cultures. Writing the South Seas explains why Nanyang encounters, neglected by most literary histories, should be considered crucial to the national literatures of China and Southeast Asia.
"This book examines some interesting, significant types and aspects of Sinophone Taiwan fiction, as well as a number of prominent writers and representative works. Focusing on the narratives of the strange, it connects the trope of ghost haunting with Taiwan's complex ethnoscapes and historical, colonial trauma. In addition to investigating 'ghost island' narratives, it explores literary representations of magical nativism--including magical localism and translocalism. It offers an excellent, timely study on the important but understudied Sinophone Taiwan literature." -Yenna Wu, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, University of California, Riverside "This book travels in a new direction in Taiwanese fiction studies. Through the theme of 'ghost,' this book links various historical phases, landscape features, and ethnic relations in response to the transformation of Taiwan's social environment and aesthetics of fiction. With a thought-provoking discourse, this book also provides a pleasurable reading experience." -Ming-ju Fan, Professor and Director of the Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature at the National Chengchi University "Writing from and of the margins, Supernatural Sinophone Taiwan and Beyond examines the trope of Taiwan as a ghost island through the lens of zhiguai, the premodern Chinese concept of the strange or supernatural. The focus on marginal and liminal narratives facilitates a Sinophone reading of Taiwanese literature and culture beyond the dominant literary taxonomy of modern Chinese literature. Despite its specific focus, the book surveys Taiwanese literature with a study of texts by authors such as Pai Hsian-yung, Li Ang, Chu T'ien-hsin, Wu He, and Giddens Ko to propose a genealogy of ghost island literature as an alternative way of understanding Taiwan as a nation. This first single-authored book on Sinophone Taiwan, which intellectually treads on untouched terrains of a unique literary tradition, is a very welcome addition." -E.K. Tan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University; and author of Rethinking Chineseness "In Supernatural Sinophone Taiwan and Beyond, Chia-rong Wu argues convincingly that the modern zhiguai genre offers Taiwan writers a way of engaging internal difference-particularly as it pertains to gendered and ethnic difference, as well as sites of historical trauma-while at the same time imagining modern Taiwan as a site of difference within a broader Chinese, or Sinophone, cultural imaginary" -Carlos Rojas, Associate Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, and Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University
The A to Z of Modern Chinese Literature presents a broad perspective on the development and history of literature in modern China. It offers a chronology, introduction, bibliography, and over 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors, literary and historical developments, trends, genres, and concepts that played a central role in the evolution of modern Chinese literature.
South Seas Cong is a lurid hodgepodge of seven previously published Pacific island taleshumorous, mystical, romantic, occult, tragic, transsexual, or death-defying, featuring sharks, centipedes, parasites, sacred cows, fortunetellers, prisoners, beatings, shootings, the devil, and the walking dead.
Publisher: Island Books
Release Date: 1995-08-01
Genre: Performing Arts
With over 300 new entries added since the 1995 edition, this ultimate video guidebook for all video viewers gives a clear plot summary of each film, an MPAA rating, and extensive indices. From new releases to classics, foreign films to children's viewing, this reference contains over 20,000 entries of films available on video.