Cambria Press author I-Hsien Wu (AAS 2017 speech)

Cambria Press author I-Hsien Wu (City University of New York) spoke about her new book Eroticism and Other Literary Conventions in Chinese Literature: Intertextuality in The Story of the Stone at the Cambria Press reception. This book is in the Cambria Press Sinophone World Series headed by Professor Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

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Cambria Press author I-Hsien Wu publication Story of the Stone

Below is a transcript of Professor I-Hsien Wu’s speech:

“Let me begin with a heartfelt thank you to Toni Tan and David Armstrong, and the whole production team at Cambria. Thank you for helping me transform my project into a book. And thank you, Professor Mair. It is my great honor to have my book included in the series. I feel extremely honored and grateful.

And I am so thrilled to be here today, because The Story of the Stone is not only the most celebrated prose fiction in Chinese literature but also my favorite book. I vividly remember reading an abridged version of the novel for young readers when I was in elementary school. And I remember reading the original for the first time when I was eleven — it was such a struggle! I was completely confused by Chapter 1 and gave up!

But now that’s history. Chapter 1 has since become where I turn to all the time, especially the metafictional framework. I am intrigued by the idea that a stone can be a character, a narrator, a jade pendant, and the book itself all at the same time. And I am fascinated by the stone’s famous criticism of historical romance, erotic fiction, and scholar-and-beauty novels. Although it looks like he is drawing a line between his story and these previous works, in fact he only reveals that The Story of the Stone is deeply rooted in these genres and conventions.

This is where the novel openly shows the author’s anxiety of influence and alludes to the nature of intertextuality, and this is also where my book comes in. To me, the novel’s construction of lust is a dialogue with erotic literature; its making of romance is about the use of drama; in the last forty chapters, the novel wrestles with the scholar-and-beauty ideals; and finally, the mythic stone is created to question the convention of storytelling, not only in pre-existing fiction but also in the novel’s many previous lives in manuscript versions and printed editions.

It has been a long journey for me reading and writing about The Story of the Stone. I hope you will all join me by reading my book. Thank you.”

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How does The Story of the Stone utilize language and text to make meanings of the human lives it creates? How does The Story of the Stone exist through its relation to previous fiction? To answer these questions, this book argues that the mythic stone’s harsh critiques of historical romance (yeshi), erotic fiction (fengyue bimo), and scholar-and-beauty fiction (caizi jiaren) cannot be taken at face value. Instead, they signify The Stone’s anxiety of influence and allude to the nature of intertextuality. Professor Wu’s book, Eroticism and Other Literary Conventions in Chinese Literature, is thus a must-read for anyone interested in The Story of the Stone, and for readers interested in novel, fiction, drama, and other literary genres and subgenres in Chinese literature.

Title: Eroticism and Other Literary Conventions in Chinese Literature: Intertextuality in The Story of the Stone
Author: I-Hsien Wu
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979770
240 pp.  |   2017   |   Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604979770.cfm

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AAS 2017 Toronto: Books and Scholars in Asian Studies to Watch

AAS 2017 Cambria Press Authors

Check out the new books by these Asianists at the Cambria Press booth 109 at the Association for Asian Studies, Inc. (AAS) #AAS2017 conference in Toronto.

Top (left to right): Wilt Idema (Harvard University), Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania), Wendy Larson (University of Oregon), Mark Bender (The Ohio State University), and Charlotte Furth (University of Southern California).

Bottom (left to right): Zhansui Yu (Nazareth College), Christopher Lupke (University of Alberta), Takayoshi Yamamura (Hokkaido University), I-Hsien Wu (City College of New York), and Philip Seaton (Hokkaido University).

Professor Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania) will make a special appearance at the Cambria Press booth (109) on Friday (March 17) at 11 a.m. to discuss the Cambria Sinophone World Series and his latest book Buddhist Transformations and Interactions. In addition, six other new books are being launched just in time for the AAS conference. These are:

  • Zhang Yimou by Wendy Larson (University of Oregon)

    “Larson’s book is important for any reader interested in how the political sphere and visual culture redefine each other.” —Yomi Braester, University of Washington; and Coeditor, Journal of Chinese Cinemas

  • The Borderlands of Asia by Mark Bender (The Ohio State University) 

    “When it comes to other books on the market, there is nothing close to this book in terms of quality or range of material. This is a unique and valuable addition to the field of literature and Asian studies.”—Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma; and Editor, Chinese Literature Today

  • Eroticism and Other Literary Conventions in Chinese Literature by I-Hsien Wu (CUNY) 

    “I-Hsien Wu has done brilliant work in teasing out the intertextual threads of The Story of the Stone. In a very astute manner, she examines sources drawn from performing arts and erotic fiction, identifies ideological and affective contestations, and ponders the consequences of the novel as a text in flux.” —David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University

  • Chinese Avant-garde Fiction by Zhansui Yu (Nazareth College) 

    “This thoughtful book offers fresh insights into avant-garde fiction in the early decades of China’s reform. Engaging Chinese and Western traditions, Yu Zhansui argues forcefully that the Chinese avant-garde carries on the probe into the darkness of history in a quest for transcendent truths about human conditions.” —Ban Wang, Stanford University

  • Opening to China by Charlotte Furth (Univerity of Southern California) 

    “Few Americans today have any sense of how far China has come since its opening in the early 1980s. Charlotte Furth was there to see the start of the defrost with the country’s opening and her lively account of her experiences in China then provides a unique and invaluable record. It is useful in these days of rising tensions between China and the U.S. to be reminded of China’s social reality not very long ago.” —Gordon H. Chang, Stanford University

  • Contents Tourism in Japan by Philip Seaton, Takayoshi Yamamura, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, and Kyungjae Jang

    “This may be the best book ever written on tourism in Japan! This work is on one of the most important subjects in contemporary tourism studies and Japan studies, perhaps a forerunner of things that are also happening in the Korean and Chinese worlds and elsewhere, which makes it doubly important.” —Nelson Graburn, UC Berkeley

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AAS 2013 Book Highlights: Outstanding Reviews for Cambria Press Titles!

Africans in China, North Korea, Ban Gu, and the shrinking population of Japan are just a few of the fascinating topics covered in the highlighted Cambria Press titles.
Africans in China, North Korea, Ban Gu, and the shrinking population of Japan are just a few of the fascinating topics covered in the highlighted Cambria Press titles.

In addition to the titles in the Cambria Sinophone World Series, the following titles in Asian Studies are being highlighted for the 2013 Asian Studies Association (AAS) annual conference in San Diego (click on links for more details):

Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Victor H. Mair (Winner of the the Sarasvati Award for Best Nonfiction Book in Women and Mythology)

Africans in China: A Sociocultural Study and Its Implications on Africa-China Relations by Adams Bodomo (“Essential reading for scholars’! – The China Quarterly)

Power and Politics in Tenth-Century China: The Former Shu Regime by Hongjie Wang (“Admirably straightforward … good place to start thinking about the rest of China during the Five Dynasties period.” – Journal of Asian Studies)

The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters: The Tradition and Poetics of Tihuashi by Daan Pan (“An extremely rewarding read … far surpasses any previous English-language study of the subject.” – Journal of Asian Studies)

North Korea Demystified by Han S. Park with Regan Damron and Jonathan Polk (“This volume does indeed deliver according to its title … I strongly recommend this book!” – Johan Galtung, Alternative Nobel Prize Winner and founder of TRANSCEND International)

Japan’s Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline by Peter Matanle and Anthony Rausch with the Shrinking Regions Research Group (“A very important book … very substantial and a must read” – Asian Anthropologist)

Japanese and Nikkei at Home and Abroad: Negotiating Identities in a Global World by Nobuko Adachi (“Much to commend.” – The Journal of American-East Asian Relations)

Democratization in Confucian East Asia: Citizen Politics in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam by Zhengxu Wang (“Clearly presented and succinctly argued.”– East Asia)

Islam and Democratization in Asia by Shiping Hua (“Suitable and useful for scholars, political commentators, students, and teachers of the field alike.” – Islam and Muslim Societies)

Music in Ancient China: An Archaeological and Art Historical Study of Strings, Winds, and Drums during the Eastern Zhou and Han Periods (770 BCE-220 CE) by Ingrid Furniss (Winner of the Nicolas Bessaraboff Prize)

Archaeoastronomy in East Asia: Historical Observational Records of Comets and Meteor Showers from China, Japan, and Korea by David Pankenier, Zhentao Xu, and Yaotiao Jiang (“Spectacular … an important source of data and inspiration.” – Journal for the History of Astronomy)

Ban Gu’s History of Early China by Anthony E. Clark (“The author has paved the way for future studies of Chinese political culture and historiography, and for this we are indebted to him.” – Journal of the American Oriental Society)

Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber by Liu Zaifu (translated by Shu Yunzhong) (“A delightful, fascinating, and enlightening reading.” – China Review International)

On China By India: From Civilization to Nation-State by Chih-yu Shih, Swaran Singh, and Reena Marwah (“Our understanding of China is greatly enriched by new insights that this broader vision yields.” – Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University)

SPECIAL AAS PROMOTION!

1) A 30% discount is being provided for AAS members and their institutions until April 30, 2013. Use web coupon code NobelGXJ. Libraries can use this too. You can also pick up a book list and order form at the Cambria Press booth (#201). An online version of the booklist will be made available soon too.

2) A booth sale special—$40 on ALL titles for purchases made at the Cambria Press booth (#201) in the AAS exhibit hall!

3) A lucky draw will be held for a complimentary copy of Gao Xingjian’s latest book (Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation) signed by Gao Xingjian himself!

To enter this draw, all you need to do is drop off your business card at the Cambria Press booth (#201) at the AAS exhibit hall!

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MLA 2013 Book Highlights: Outstanding Journal Reviews!

Visit the Cambria Press booth (#316) to browse new titles as well as other Cambria Press titles that have received rave journal reviews, including:

Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia

Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia

Winner of Sarasvati Award for the Best Nonfiction Book in Women and Mythology!

The Jin Yong Phenomenon: Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History

“A successful study … valuable and insightful opinions.” – CLEAR

 

Feminism and Global Chineseness: The Cultural Production of Controversial Women Authors

“Well crafted.” – Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review

 

Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber

Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber

“Delightful, fascinating, and enlightening.” – China Review International

  

The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters: The Tradition and Poetics of Tihuashi 

The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters: The Tradition and Poetics of Tihuashi

“Far surpasses any previous English-language study of the subject.” – Journal of Asian Studies

 

Chinese in Australian Fiction, 1888–1988

Chinese in Australian Fiction, 1888–1988

“A valuable resource.” –Journal of Intercultural Studies

 

Singapore Stories: Language, Class, and the Chinese of Singapore, 1945–2000

Singapore Stories: Language, Class, and the Chinese of Singapore, 1945–2000

“There is much good material in this book.” – Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

 

Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature

Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature

A worthwhile addition to the bookshelf.” – JASAL

Shirley Hazzard:  Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist

Shirley Hazzard: Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist

“Not just an intellectual exercise, or a scholarly pleasure, but also a profound relief to read.” – Southerly

 

Perennial Empires: Postcolonial, Transnational, and Literary Perspectives

Perennial Empires: Postcolonial, Transnational, and Literary Perspectives

“A welcome collection.” – Transnational Literature

 

Postcolonial Literary History and Indian English Fiction

An impressive array of established and emerging authors.” – Journal of Postcolonial Writing

 

Behind Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet: A Life in Letters: Volume I: The Early Years: 1940–1965

“An important addition.” – Times Literary Supplement

 

Behind Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet: A Life in Letters: Volume II: The Quartet and Beyond: 1966–1978

“A valuable biographical window … much to appreciate … admirably annotated volumes.” – Transnational Literature

Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation

Highly recommended.” – CHOICE

 

The Victorian Freak Show: The Significance of Disability and Physical Differences in 19th-Century Fiction

Scholars in disability studies and Victorian studies will find this book useful and compelling.” – Victorian Studies

 

The Femme Fatale in Victorian Literature: The Danger and the Sexual Threat

“Recommended.” – CHOICE

 

The Traumatic Imagination: Histories of Violence in Magical Realist Fiction

“Cohesively presented … extensive and comprehensive.” – Transnational Literature

 

Viking Women: The Narrative Voice in Woven Tapestries

“A valuable contribution.” – Cosmos

 

J.M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative

“A significant contribution.”- The Australian

 

Re-Presentations of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Portrayals in Fiction, Drama, Music, and Film

“This comprehensive book provides much information.” – Film & History

 

The Trouble with Dreiser: Harper and the Editing of Jennie Gerhardt

“A fine piece … the author should be applauded …” – Studies in American Naturalism

 

Brian Castro’s Fiction: The Seductive Play of Language

“An enlightening and heuristic guide.” – Review of Australian Studies

 

The Art of Literary Thieving: The Catcher in the Rye, Moby-Dick, and Hamlet

“Plenty here for the scholar of literature.” – Transnational Literature

 

Travel Narratives from New Mexico: Reconstructing Identity and Truth

“Valuable … Recommended.” – CHOICE

What Is Eating Latin American Women Writers: Food, Weight, and Eating Disorders

“Much to offer beginners and specialists alike.” – Feminist Collections

 

Reading Blindly: Literature, Otherness, and the Possibility of an Ethical Reading

“Fernando’s book provokes such crucial questions as well as setting out his position in alluring detail.” – Transnational Literature

 

Maria Graham: A Literary Biography

“Akel’s tome is an achievement.” – Times Higher Education

 

Thomas Traherne and the Felicities of the Mind

“Admirably contemporizes Traherne’s work.” – Seventeenth-Century News

Narrating the American West: New Forms of Historical Memory

“An important contribution.” – Western American Literature

Reading Literature After Deconstruction

Reading Literature After Deconstruction

“Rarely ever is theory illustrated so clearly in practice … laudable.” – Transnational Literature

 

Women’s War Drama in England in the Seventeenth Century

“A rewarding work … an original contribution.” – Modern Language Review

 

 

William Dean Howells and the American Memory Crisis

“A valuable addition.” – The Howellsian

 

 

David Foster: The Satirist of Australia

“An insightful critical study.” – Australian Book Review

 

 

Identity and Society in American Poetry: The Romantic Tradition

“Ambitious … Recommended.” – CHOICE

 

 

Seductions in Narrative: Subjectivity and Desire in the Works of Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson

“An accessible read that adds to scholarship.” – Marvels & Tales

 

 

Philip Roth and the Zuckerman Books: The Making of a Storyworld

“A well-researched and sophisticated study … groundbreaking.” – Philip Roth Studies

 

 

The Sex Goddess in American Film, 1930–1965: Jean Harlow, Mae West, Lana Turner, and Jayne Mansfield

“A model for other books.” – The Journal of Popular Culture

 

 

Dramatic Theories of Voice in the Twentieth Century

“An exceptional book.” – Theatre Journal

Narrating the Prison: Role and Representation in Charles Dickens’ Novels, Twentieth-Century Fiction, and Film

“A highly readable, very compelling study of the cultural and political underpinnings of narrative form.” – Style

A 30% discount will be provided for all MLA attendees and their libraries.
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Outstanding Book Review for Liu Zaifu’s Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber

Cambria Press Review Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber Honglou meng Liu Zaifu Shu Yunzhong

Cambria Press congratulates Liu Zaifu and Shu Yunzhong on the recent outstanding review by China Review International on Reflections on Dream of the Red Chamber. The book by the famous literary and culture critic, Liu Zaifu, was published originally in Chinese, and this much-anticipated English version was translated by Professor Shu Yunzhong. The foreword is by Gao Xingjian, recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Literature –find out what Gao Xingjian has to say about this Cambria Press publication.

The journal praises the book for being “a delightful, fascinating, and enlightening reading of Cao Xueqin’s eighteenth-century masterpiece Honglou meng … extremely engaging and stimulating … the author’s cross-cultural comparisons and references may well broaden his readers’ perspective and will be helpful to English readers of Chinese literature.” The review also commends it because “the translator has also done a good job by using lucid and pithy language to translate some extremely complicated concepts and expressions.”

Recommend this book to your librarian today! They can order it directly from Cambria Press or they can order through their preferred academic book wholesaler (Cambria Press is on the approval list of premier wholesalers like YBP).

If this book interests you, please also check out the Cambria Press Sinophone World Series, which has an editorial board comprising the world’s foremost scholars in Asian studies and is headed by the renowned sinologist, Professor Victor Mair.

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