#MLA15 Sinophone Scholars! Must-have book praised by world’s top Sinologists!

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#MLA15: Check out the highly praised Rethinking Chineseness at the Cambria Press booth (402)

When a book is included in the series of the world-renowned Sinologist Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania) and praised by top Sinophone scholars David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University), Shu-mei Shih (UCLA), and Quah Sy Ren (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), it is not surprising (but still very gratifying!) when it is praised in a journal review for being “[w]ell-written and researched” because it “makes important contributions to Sinophone studies, Chinese studies, and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as to scholarship on diaspora, comparative literature, and world literature.”

Browse Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World by E .K. Tan, associate professor of comparative literature and cultural studies at SUNY Stony Brook,  at the Cambria Press booth (402) in the #MLA15 book exhibit hall and enter our #MLA15 book-giveaway draw for a chance to win this book, which is in the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

Dr. Tan will be participating in the #MLA15 session Mapping Literature and Linguistics: The Politics of Place and History in Malaysia and Singapore (Sunday at 1:45 p.m).

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Cambria Press #MLA14 Sinophone Highlights

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Check out the new books in the Cambria Sinophone World Series by Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania)

Cambria Press authors Karen An-Hwei Lee (Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora, just published Fall 2013) and E. K. Tan (Rethinking Chineseness, launched at 2013 MLA) will be presiding over the following sessions respectively:

101. Parodic Form in Asian Diasporic Poetry and Culture

246. Sinophone Studies in Translation: Thinking Comparatively and Relationally

Both books are in the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

In addition, four more books in the series have been published in time for the MLA

Be sure to check these books out at the Cambria Press booth (132) in the book exhibit hall!

Cambria Press is offering a 40% discount on all hardcover titles for the MLA. Please use coupon code MLA2014; the offer is valid until Feb 14, 2014. Librarians can use this code too, so please pass this on to them! Download the Cambria Press MLA catalog and booklist.

Check out our e-book rentals too: Cambria monographs have excellent chapter readings for undergraduate and graduate classes–avoid the hassle of textbook orders and simply assign a book chapter (or more) to students for the week’s reading for only $8.99!

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Cambria Press Book Review: MCLC lauds Rethinking Chineseness for being a “well-written and researched” book!

Cambria Press academic publisher Review Rethinking Chineseness

Cambria Press Book Review: Rethinking Chineseness

Cambria Press congratulates E. K. Tan on the glowing review of his book in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) by Dr. Karen Thornber (Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University). The book review lauds E. K. Tan’s interdisciplinary Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World because it is a “well-written and researched” book that “makes important contributions to Sinophone studies, Chinese studies, and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as to scholarship on diaspora, comparative literature, and world literature.” Read the entire MCLC review!

This book is part of the the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Professor Victor Mair.

There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title, so get a copy for your kindle, iPad, or e-reader of your choice today. Recommend this Cambria Press book today!

Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, please refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program which helps you get free versions for your students!

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AAS 2013 Highlight: Cambria Sinophone World Series (Editor: Victor H. Mair)

The "maneki-neko" (beckoning cats, bidding good fortune)

The “maneki-neko” (beckoning cats, bidding good fortune) is featured for this post, just as it is on the 2013 AAS program cover that showcases a photo taken in Shizugawa by Dr. Theodore Bestor.

Cambria Press  will be showcasing five new books for the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Professor Victor H. Mair at the 2013 Asian Studies Association (AAS) annual conference in San Diego next week!

These new books, which were published by Cambria Press between August 2012  and January 2013, are:

  1. Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World by E. K. Tan
    Rethinking Chineseness was published just in time for the MLA annual convention in Boston, thanks to the incredibly diligent Professor E. K. Tan who worked relentlessly with Cambria Press to accomplish this. The book is being extremely well received and has been lauded by top Sinophone studies experts, including Shu-mei Shih, the scholar who is widely credited for coining the term Sinophone and is on the Cambria Sinophone World Series editorial board.
  2. Confucian Prophet: Political Thought In Du Fu’s Poetry (752–757) by David K. Schneider
    Professor Jonathan Chaves (George Washington University) praises this book for being “the best study of a single Chinese poet I have seen in decades. And the best study of Du Fu known to me.” He further adds that “David Schneider goes beyond previous works in revealing what might be called the source of Du Fu’s gravitas” and “gives us some of the very finest translations of Du Fu we now possess.” This book has been published just in time for the 2013 AAS annual conference!
  3. A Study of Two Classics: A Cultural Critique of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and The Water Margin by Liu Zaifu (translated by Shu Yunzhong)
    Not a work of literary criticism in the conventional sense but rather a cultural/ideological critique, this book by renowned critic Liu Zaifu is the first to focus exclusively on how the harmful cultural values of the two classics  are received and reinforced in contemporary China. Drawing draws inspiration from May Fourth intellectuals, particularly Lu Xun, and from a wide range of works by Western scholars, Liu Zaifu engages in cultural comparison both implicitly and explicitly and poses critical questions about modernity and modernization. This is a highly illuminating must-read.
  4. Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation by Gao Xingjian (translated by Mabel Lee)
    In this long-awaited book by Nobel Prize Winner in literature Gao Xingjian, he exposes the political dynamics of so-called “modernity” in Western literature and art and how this has been enthusiastically embraced in China since the 1980s.analyses traditional and modern European and Chinese notions of fiction, theatre, and art, and elaborates on what aspects of writers and artists from both cultures have informed him in developing his own aesthetics in narration, performance, and the visual arts. This extremely rewarding and thought-provoking read throws open how literature and art as a creative human pursuit should not be demarcated by national or cultural boundaries. Not surprisingly, this book was a huge hit at the MLA, and sessions with Gao Xingjian and Mabel Lee were packed.
  5. The Classic of Changes in Cultural Context: A Textual Archaeology of the Yi jing by Scott Davis
    Focusing on the archaic core of the Classic of Changes, this unprecedented study proposes a structural anthropological analysis. Indeed a bold and powerful attempt at modeling an ancient culture in a way never before conceived sociologically, this study is a profound auto-ethnography that teaches about the philosophical anthropology of its makers and prepares the way for further understanding of later classical texts. A truly innovative study, this has been hailed as “the most empirically rigorous and interpretively challenging material that I know of right now in Yijing studies.” by Denis Mair, the well-known yijing expert www.yijingpoetics.net (Read the entire review at the Cambria Press blog.)

Some of these titles were recently launched in January at the MLA annual convention in Boston. See Cambria Press authors Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Gao Xingjian and Professor E. K. Tan with their newly published books and watch the speeches given at the MLA reception for the Cambria Press book launch of Gao Xingjian’s book!

Cambria Press is offering  the following special promotions to celebrate the publication of these titles for the series:

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!

Spread the word! Like Cambria Press on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CambriaPressAcademicPublisher and share this link http://wp.me/p1WqrY-k0 on your Facebook page!

See also outstanding reviews for other Cambria Press titles in Asian studies!  

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MLA 2013: Cambria Press authors Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Gao Xingjian and Professor E. K. Tan with their newly published books!

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Cambria Press authors Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian and Professor E.K. Tan with their new books at the Cambria Press booth at the 2013 MLA annual convention in Boston.

Cambria Press authors Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Gao Xingjian and Professor E. K. Tan at the Cambria Press booth at the 2013 MLA annual convention in Boston. Both were very happy that their books (Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation and Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World respectively) were published just in time for the convention. Both books are in the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by general editor Professor Victor  Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

Gao Xingjian flew in from Paris to launch his new book, which was translated by Dr. Mabel Lee (University of Sydney) who came all the way from Australia for the MLA annual convention.

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MLA 2013 New Book: Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World by E. K. Tan

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E. K. Tan with his new book, Rethinking Chineseness, at the Cambria Press booth at the 2013 MLA annual convention in Boston.

Cambria Press author Professor E. K. Tan’s new book, Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World, was published just in for the 2013 MLA annual convention in Boston.

The book has been praised by eminent scholars including Professor David Der-wei Wang (Harvard University) and Professor Quah Sy Ren (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) for furthering the field of Sinophone studies. Rethinking Chineseness is in the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by general editor Professor Victor  Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

Recommend this book to your library and let them know about our value-added Cambria Press Platinum E-book Program whereby professors can obtain a FREE hard cover and students can enjoy FREE access to the abridged version (no textbook purchase required)!

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Launch of Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian’s book, the Rise of Sinophone Studies, and Rethinking Chineseness!

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Cambria Press authors, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Gao Xingjian and translator Dr. Mabel Lee, will be attending the 2013 MLA conference in Boston for the launch of the new book, Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation. The book has been published just in time for the MLA annaul convention. MLA convention attendees will be the first to see the book!

The book is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by world-renowned Sinologist Professor Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania) who has discussed this extensively (see Professor Mair’s thought-provoking post on the Language Log and brilliant presentation on Sinology: Then and Now at Peking University). Sinophone studies is a fast-emerging field as evidenced by the recent Conference on Global Sinophonia hosted by the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica and co-sponsored by the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL) on December 17–19, 2012. Professor Christopher Lupke, president of the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL), is to be lauded for his efforts for the push for Sinophone studies to be included in larger conferences such as the MLA annual convention.

According to Professor Lupke, “Scholars came from the PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Korea, and the United Kingdom. Professor David Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese at Harvard University and Academician at Academia Sinica, gave the keynote lecture.”

Professor Lupke also added that “The theme of ‘Sinophonia’ is generally derived from the term ‘Sinophone studies,’ which I believe was coined by Dr. Shu-mei Shih from UCLA. Although Dr. Shih was not in attendance, several of her students (or former students) participated, and her name and statements on the Sinophone phenomenon were heard resonating in the corridors during the conference.”

Both Professors David Wang and Shu-mei Shih are on the editorial board of the Cambria Sinophone World Series. Read their comments on another new book in the series, Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World by Professor E. K. Tan, that has also been published just in time for the 2013 MLA annual convention.

More exciting news will be posted soon as we count down to the 2013 MLA conference, so please check back in a couple of days!

In the meantime, here’s an inspiring message that we received from a colleague and would like to share:

During this holiday season, remember that your kindness goes a long way. A simple helpful act, a friendly smile, and a nice remark each day make such a difference, both to the giver and the recipients.  Just do it! Kindness is also shown by the restraint of unkindness—step away from hateful behavior or words. Just don’t! Having a better year begins with you. Let’s make 2013 the turnaround year!

Happy holidays to everyone from Cambria Press!!!

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