Cambria Press Book Launch at iPreciation with Mabel Lee, Shen Jiawei, and Victor Mair

The Cambria Press double book launch at iPreciation on July 14, 2018,  was a great success! The audience was treated not only to fascinating talks by celebrity artist Shen Jiawei and Professor Mabel Lee about their  books Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context and Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics  but also the introductory speech by distinguished guest of honor Professor Victor Mair and an impromptu speech by another eminent guest Professor Wang Gungwu. In addition, attendees were able to view the paintings of another Cambria author Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian, who has his major paintings held at iPreciation.

Cambria Press iPreciation book launch

Cambria Press book launch at iPreciation (Singapore)

Cambria Press iPreciation Mabel Lee Toni Tan Helina Chan Wang Gungwu Victor Mair Shen Jiawei

Cambria Press book launch at iPreciation (left to right): Mabel Lee, Toni Tan, Helina Chan, Wang Gungwu, Victor Mair, and Shen Jiawei

Cambria Press iPreciation Shen Jiawei Victor Mair books

Cambria Press iPreciation Shen Jiawei Victor Mair with books–Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics, Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context, and Texts and Transformations: Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Victor H. Mair 

Cambria Press iPreciation Mabel Lee Victor Mair

Cambria Press book launch at iPreciation: In addition to discussing her two books, Mabel Lee also introduced another book she was involved in-Texts and Transformations: Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Victor H. Mair edited by Haun Saussy

Cambria Press iPreciation Shen Jiawei book signing

Cambria Press book launch at iPreciation: Shen Jiawei signing copies of Painting History

Cambria Press iPreciation book signing Victor Mair Shen Jiawei

Cambria Press book launch at iPreciation: Victor Mair signing copies of Texts and Transformations, and Shen Jiawei signing copies of Painting History

Cambria Press iPreciation Victor Mair signing

Cambria Press book launch at iPreciation: Victor Mair signing copies of Texts and Transformations

Cambria Press authors with books Mabel Lee Victor Mair Shen Jiawei

Cambria Press authors with their books: Mabel Lee, Victor Mair, and Shen Jiawei with Shen Jiawei’s painting of Chin Peng

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Cambria Press Publication Review: Central American Avant-Garde Narrative

Congratulations to Professor Adrian Kane on the excellent review of his book, Central American Avant-Garde Narrative: Literary Innovation and Cultural Change (1926–1936), in the journal Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana.

Kane Book Cover

The review notes that:

While other studies have centered on poetry and manifestos, in Central American Avant-Garde Narrative Kane turns to the genre of narrative fiction to trace the ways in which authors from the isthmus use European techniques of literary experimentation in the 1920s and 1930s to renovate cultural traditions at home. Cosmopolitan authors such as Luis Cardoza y Aragón, Miguel Angel Asturias, and Flavio Herrera (from Guatemala), Max Jiménez (from Costa Rica), and Rogelio Sinán (from Panama) creatively incorporate regional elements within broader, international artistic concerns as they apply locally…

The book review also praises the book because it “fills gaps in the literary criticism of the region” and because ” it calls for a new approach to reading the works addressed and, at the same time, it provides a helpful review of particular strategies of innovation used in the avant-garde in general through the author’s close reading of the texts.”

Central American Avant-Garde Narrative is in the the Cambria Latin American Literatures and Cultures Series headed by Román de la Campa, the Edwin B. and Lenore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Cambria Press Publication Review: Chinese Avant-garde Fiction

Congratulations to Professor Zhansui Yu on the outstanding review of his book, Chinese Avant-garde Fiction: Quest for Historicity and Transcendent Truth, in China Quarterly.

Chinese Avant-Garde Fiction

 

The book review notes:

“The experimental literary production of the People’s Republic of China during the 1980s, which was freed from many of the aesthetic strictures of the Mao era, deserves more scholarly attention. Zhansui Yu’s monograph aims to help fill this gap by focusing on the avant-garde fiction of Su Tong, Yu Hua and Ge Fei. … This is one of few monographs on Chinese literature that features a sustained engagement with the thought of Martin Heidegger … He convincingly makes the case that the common themes between these writers warrant a collective analysis for them. Yu’s painstakingly thorough reading and research will reward those seeking a broad introduction to the wide oeuvre of these three writers. As such, the chapters serve as a suitable catalyst for debate and discussion in university classes that cover these authors, as many of their works have been translated. For Chinese scholars curious about the thought of Heidegger, this book provides a handy and useful introduction.”

This book is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

Title: Chinese Avant-garde Fiction: Quest for Historicity and Transcendent Truth
Author:
 Zhansui Yu
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979688
252 pp.  |   2017   |   Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604979688.cfm

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The History Makers: Gao Xingjian, Ding Ling, Chu T’ien-wen, Lu Xun, Zhang Yimou, Xie Bingying, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Shen Jiawei

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From left to right, top to bottom: Gao XingjianDing LingWen Yuan-ningChu T’ien-wenLu XunZhang YimouXie BingyingHou Hsiao-hsien, and Shen Jiawei.

Below are the books on (and in some cases by) the works of these individuals.

Gao Xingjian

See Gao Xingjian’s eponymous book, Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation,
translated by Mabel Lee.

Gao Xingjian Book

See Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics, edited by Mabel Lee and Liu Jianmei.

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Wen Yuan-ning

See Imperfect Understanding: Intimate Portraits of Chinese Celebrities
by Wen Yuan-ning and Others, edited by Christopher Rea

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Ding Ling and Xie Bingying

See Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture by Megan M. Ferry.

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Chu T’ien-wen and Hou Hsiao-hsien

See Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers: An Anthology
edited by Jonathan Stalling, Lin Tai-man, and Yanwing Leung.
Included in this book is “The Story of Hsiao-Pi” by Chu T’ien-wen.

Stalling

See also The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien:
Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion by Christopher Lupke.
There is a chapter on Chu T’ien-wen and her work with Hou.

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Lu Xun

See Reading Lu Xun Through Carl Jung by Carolyn T. Brown

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See also The Chinese Prose Poem: A Study of Lu Xun’s “Wild Grass (Yecao)”
by Nicholas A. Kaldis

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Zhang Yimou

See Zhang Yimou: Globalization and the Subject of Culture by Wendy Larson

Larson

Shen Jiawei

See Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context by Jiawei Shen,
edited by Mabel Lee.

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Cambria Press Gold E-Book Library Edition & Other FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions about how to make books more affordable for classroom use as well as a couple that come up pretty often.

Question: I would like to use a few chapters from one of your books for a
class. Are there any affordable options for my students?
Answer: There are options that are affordable—even free—for your students.
1. The first way is to have your students rent the e-book for only $12.99.
2. The second way is to have them purchase the e-book. Prices start at $19.99.
3. The third way, which will be free for your students, is to have your university
library purchase the Gold E-Book Library Edition of the title.

Question: I would like to use a few chapters from one of your books for a
class. Are there any affordable options for my students?
Answer: There are options that are affordable—even free—for your students.
1. The first way is to have your students rent the e-book for only $12.99.
2. The second way is to have them purchase the e-book. Prices start at $19.99.
3. The third way, which will be free for your students, is to have your university
library purchase the Gold E-Book Library Edition of the title.

Q: What is the Gold E-Book Library Edition?
A: When your library purchases the Gold E-Book Library Edition, it means that
you, as well as your colleagues and students at your university, enjoy unlimited, concurrent access to the the title in all popular digital formats including html, PDF, ePub, Kindle reading devices, and smart phones.

Q: For which titles are there Gold E-Book Library Editions?
A: Virtually all our titles have Gold E-Book Library Editions.

Q: Does my library have to install any kind of software for the Gold E-Book Library Edition?
A: No, your library does not have to install any kind of software. It is a fast, seamless process. The content is immediately available to read online or download.

Q: How does my library order the Gold E-Book Library Edition?
A: Please ask your librarian to go to the webpage of the title you wish to have them order. They should click on the yellow “See All Buying Options” button to order. They can then select and order the Gold E-Book Library Edition.

Q: What if my library wants to purchase from a supplier like EBSCO or YBP?
A: Cambria books and e-books can be purchased from these suppliers.

Q: Is there anything else I should know about the Gold E-Book Library Edition?
A: Yes, if you recommend the title and your library then purchases it from us or from another supplier, we will send you a complimentary hardcopy of the book. Please ask your library to e-mail sales<AT>cambriapress.com to give us your name and the order number.

 

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Q: I have a book proposal that I would like to submit to Cambria, but it would not be for any Cambria series. Would Cambria still be interested?
A: Yes, we have many books which are not in any series. Please submit your proposal at http://www.cambriapress.com/proposal or e-mail editor<AT>cambriapress.com.

Q: Is it true that Cambria generates the index page numbers for their authors?
A: Yes, our authors are very pleased about it, especially how it expedites the process.

If there are any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to send us your questions here.

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Haun Saussy Presents Victor Mair with Surprise Festschrift at Cambria Press AAS 2018 Reception

Cambria Press Publication Author Haun Saussy Victor Mair

What took place on the evening of March 24, 2018, in Washington, DC, was one of the most unforgettable events in AAS history, and probably any academic conference.

The evening began with short speeches about new books by Shen Jiawei and Mabel Lee, Albert Welter, Jonathan Stalling, Megan M. Ferry, Christopher Rea, Liu Jianmei (and Mabel Lee), and Carolyn T. Brown.

Then Professor Haun Saussy was asked by Toni Tan, director of Cambria Press, to come up to speak. While Professor Mair was aware that Professor Saussy was working on an edited volume, he had no idea that this was a festschrift being put together in his honor and that it would be unveiled that very night. So when Toni Tan asked Professor Saussy to take the stage, Professor Mair was under the impression that Professor Saussy was coming up just to say a few words about the forthcoming book. Little did he know that he would be presented with the highly anticipated top-secret volume that was the talk of the AAS.

After Professor Saussy gave his speech and presented the festschrift, Texts and Transformations: Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Victor H. Mair, the birthday surprises did not end there. Toni Tan gave a speech about Professor Mair and then announced that a surprise mystery guest had come all the way specially to Washington, DC, to present Professor Mair with his birthday cake and lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” (in Chinese and English). It was a wonderful night celebrating Cambria authors and honoring Professor Victor Mair, a most beloved scholar who has helped so many in and outside the field.

Watch the video of the astonishing and incredibly heartwarming event, including speeches by Haun Saussy and Toni Tan, the surprise mystery guest who wheeled in the huge birthday cake, and finally by Victor Mair (whose reaction was wonderful and priceless)!

More photos of the event will be posted on Facebook and Twitter soon.

Victor Mair

Order your copy of Texts and Transformations: 
Essays in Honor of the 75th Birthday of Victor H. Mair today!

Editor: Haun Saussy
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979565
486 pp.  |   2018   |   Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604979565.cfm

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Cambria Press Author Megan M. Ferry – Speech at AAS 2018 Reception

Cambria Press author Professor Megan Ferry, Associate Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies and Chair of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Union College, gave a speech about her book, Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture, at the Cambria Press reception at the AAS 2018 conference in Washington, DC.

Watch Professor Megan Ferry’s speech and/or read the transcript below.

Cambria Press Publication Author Megan Ferry

“My story about this book begins when I was about twelve years old. I read about land reform and I just saw individual role models that got me excited and I just had to go to China and find out more.

So the first question I’ll give you is how I did get started on writing this book? The books we write represent important stories of our selves. They are life questions that nag us until we are able to bring them to expression. This book took about 20 years to write. I rewrote it at least six times, completely, and the stories were not ready to come out, and I was ready to shelve it just as many times, if not more. And yet, it is a book that is appropriate for this time of the #MeToo movement, the crackdown on the “feminist five” because it evokes a lot of questions about social justice, liberation, and universal human rights, as we certainly saw today at the Mall here in Washington, DC, and the dominant ideologies that construct the filters that determine how we think and feel.

So, my story begins with seeing in the Chinese women writers of the early 20th century as role models who were wanting to effect change in their culture and were also passionate about contributing to China. And as I read about the critics, the friends, and the lovers, I was constantly surprised by them saying they would qualify the women by saying “Oh, but Xiaohong, she wears her hair in pigtails” or “Ding Ling is a little bit short and stocky” and I’m thinking what does that have to do with her being a woman writer. Or they say that women writers only write about love, but when we read we see that there’s much more going on, much more than what meets the eye.

And what I realized is that women writers are qualified not by what they are writing, but the whole system of the publishing industry, which qualifies how we are supposed to read and understand them. So I went to China and was in the archives, looking through the journals for two years and went to interview scholars on Ding Ling. In particular, I encountered male scholars who, when I would ask them about women writers, they would seem to tell me to veer the conversation toward why did their female students look better–had better hair, better dress, better clothes–because they were kept women of many overseas businessmen. So there was some lamentation in there, and perhaps some jealousy. Another male scholar, a prominent male scholar on modern Chinese literature and Ding Ling–when I went to interview him about Ding Ling, he proceeded to show me nude photos of himself and asked me what I thought, to my surprise. What I realized was that these scholars had encountered a Western female scholar coming to asking about women writers, and what I also realized was that this was another story that was ready to be told as well.

So here I was, a young Western female scholar in China, encountering many different things but certainly understanding about the gender-culture encounters that we have through our mediated world.

The second question we ask is why did discussions of Ding Ling lead seamlessly to male scholars’ discussion of their gendered contemporary milieu and sexuality? In this media-driven world, this very heterogeneous society that we live in, is often very narrowly defined by the power of the few who own those media. Being familiar with media and how it operates in the West, I was looking into and seeing what was happening in China. I laid my hands on as many stories as I could find within China, and what I have seen is how deeply entrenched the gender norms are, equally in China as they are here in the U.S., how they are also reiterated in the media and that’s how we also learn how to construct our world and see our world as common sense. So, what I’m looking at is the structures, what we call the paratexts, for constructing how we understand those women writers–not just the pigtails, not just the stories that they write.

I would like to thank Toni Tan tremendously for the many years that she has been supportive as I hemmed and hawed about whether this book should come to print. I would also like to thank Professor Victor Mair for allowing my book to appear in the Cambria Sinophone World Series. It’s an honor. You’ve created an excellent series for Sinological studies, and it’s an honor to be with so many wonderful colleagues. So I thank you very much.”

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About the book

The widespread public exposure of modern Chinese women writers in the 1920s and 1930s generated interest in women’s creative output. The publishing field was the chief cultural forum within which other women looking for role models assessed their experiences in modernity. At the same time, however, this forum was limited by parameters that defined the labor of “women writers” (nüzuojia) as largely sentimental, unstructured, politically disengaged or naively subjective and unable to see the “larger picture” of humanity. Therefore, the value of women’s creative output was classified alongside the dominant narrative that conditioned readers’ responses to women’s literary output as evidence of women’s incomplete emancipation. The liberation of the newly styled women occurred in an industry whose power was the basis of the nation’s new cultural construction, yet despite there being exemplary women within the industry, there is no evidence of women as drivers of culture or in sustained cultural leadership roles to the same extent or with the same cultural weight as their male peers.

Women intellectual’s status as cultural producers, as it was codified in print media, has yet to be more fully explored so that we can better understand the relationship between gender ideologies and media. By deconstructing the hidden visual and linguistic signs of modernity’s promise for women’s equality and freedom one can begin to understand why, a century later, contemporary female authors confront obstacles similar to their pre-1949 predecessors. The social category of “women writers” is one among many that lets us examine how media’s visual and linguistic signs of difference express cultural identity norms and codify the modern individual.

Employing media analysis to examine the way paratexts create and reproduce gendered norms, especially through persistent material and discursive mechanisms that framed women authors and their textual production, Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture is the first study to analyze the gendered ideologies of Chinese print media and political culture in a single work. It is thus  an important book for scholars in the fields of Asian studies, media studies, and women and gender studies.

Title: Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture
Author: Megan M. Ferry
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979381
290 pp.  |   2018   |   Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604979381.cfm

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