Meet Mabel Lee, Shen Jiawei, and Victor Mair at the double book launch

Victor Mair Mabel Lee Shen Jiawei

The double book launch for Mabel Lee and Shen Jiawei just got even more exciting! Attendees will also get to meet world-renowned Sinologist Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania), general editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series. Register now for the event!

The double book launch for Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context
and Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics will be held on July 14, 2018 (Saturday) at 2–5 p.m. at iPreciation, Singapore’s premier gallery that showcases the best of modern and contemporary Asian Art, including the works of Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian.

Celebrity Artist Shen Jiawei is not only known for his commissioned portraits of dignitaries such as Pope Francis, Princess Mary of Denmark, and Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove but also his famous history paintings, which are held at the National Museum, Art Museum, and Military Museum in Beijing, as well as in public and private collections around the world. Mr Shen’s unique experiences and innovative techniques are documented in his new book Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context (edited by Dr. Mabel Lee), which he will discuss at the event.

Dr. Mabel Lee is an honorary professor at the Open University of Hong Kong and an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney, where she taught 20th-century Chinese history and literature for more than 30 years. She is best known for her translations of Gao Xingjian’s writings, including his eponymous book Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation (Cambria Press, 2012). Dr Lee will also be speaking about her latest book Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics, coedited with Dr Liu Jianmei, a professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Both Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics  and Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation are in the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by Professor Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

Painting History and Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics were published in March 2018  and made their debut at the Association of Asian Studies conference in Washington, DC.

Books will be available for purchase at the event during the book signing.

To register for the event or to receive more information about the book launch, please contact either Cambria Press at bgoodman<AT>cambriapress.com, or iPreciation at  enquiry<AT>ipreciation.com or +65 6339 0678.

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Double Book Launch at iPRECIATION (Singapore) – July 14, 2018

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A double book launch for Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context
and Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics will be held on July 14, 2018 (Saturday) at 2–5 p.m. at iPreciation, a premier gallery that showcases the best of modern and
contemporary Asian Art, including the works of Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian.

Attendees will have the rare, exclusive opportunity to meet authors Mr. Shen Jiawei and Dr. Mabel Lee, who will be giving talks about their books.

Celebrity Artist Shen Jiawei is not only known for his commissioned portraits of dignitaries such as Pope Francis, Princess Mary of Denmark, and Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove but also his famous history paintings, which are held at the National Museum, Art Museum, and Military Museum in Beijing, as well as in public and private collections around the world. Mr Shen’s unique experiences and innovative techniques are documented in his new book Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context (edited by Dr. Mabel Lee), which he will discuss at the event.

Dr. Mabel Lee is an honorary professor at the Open University of Hong Kong and an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney, where she taught 20th-century Chinese history and literature for more than 30 years. She is best known for her translations of Gao Xingjian’s writings, including his eponymous book Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation (Cambria Press, 2012). Dr Lee will also be speaking about her latest book Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics, coedited with Dr Liu Jianmei, a professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Both Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics  and Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation are in the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by Professor Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

Painting History and Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics were published in March 2018  and made their debut at the Association of Asian Studies conference in Washington, DC.

Books will be available for purchase at the event during the book signing.

To register for the event or to receive more information about the book launch, please contact either Cambria Press at bgoodman<AT>cambriapress.com, or iPreciation at  enquiry<AT>ipreciation.com or +65 6339 0678.

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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

Kaldis

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.

9781604979398front

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Cambria Press Author Liu Jianmei – Speech at AAS 2018 Reception

Cambria Press author Professor Liu Jianmei, Professor of Chinese Literature at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, gave a speech about her book, Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics, coedited with Mabel Lee, at the Cambria Press reception at the AAS 2018 conference in Washington, DC.

Watch Professor Liu Jianmei’s speech and/or read the transcript below.

Cambria Press Publication Author Liu Jianmei

“I will jump right to the first question people ask about our book, which is what does your book bring that is new to Gao Xingjian studies? Previous studies on Gao Xingjian usually focus on particular areas of his fiction, plays, painting, film or poetry, or used his essays to explore his ideas on literature and creative aesthetics. This new book, which I have coedited with Mabel Lee, aims to cross the boundaries of these media, and to provide a comprehensive investigation of Gao Xingjian’s creations and ideas. The purpose of this is to showcase his transcultural, transdisciplinary, and transmedia explorations, and examine how he has persistently projected the struggles and agonies of the individual’s inner landscape into vivid images on stage, in films, in black-and-white paintings, and in the multilayered narrative expressions in fiction and poetry, and even in dance and music.

The second question people ask is what is different in your approach to this volume? Well, this volume crosses the boundaries of traditional academic writing and takes the reader to the in-between spaces of different styles of writing, research, and commentary, which help us better understand Gao’s endeavors in literary, theatrical, and pictorial creation and their accompanying philosophical insights. The chapters in this book transgress the boundaries of different media and genres—fiction, drama, poetry, painting, film—in their deliberations, and these diverse approaches serve to broaden the scope of Gao Xingjian research through what can be described as a dimension of heightened freedom, that is suggestive of Chan Buddhist comprehension. Gao Xingjian often states that for him creative innovations emerge at boundaries and in-between space. The aim of this collection thus seeks to explore such boundaries and in-between spaces in academic research on Gao Xingjian.

Finally, I want to thank Toni Tan and Victor Mair for their strong support of our new book. I also want to thank our contributors for their excellent essays and David Armstrong for his patience and help through the whole process of publication. We are really grateful to Cambria Press.

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About the book

Since Gao Xingjian’s Nobel win in 2000 he has demonstrated his profound erudition across cultures in his creative explorations in literature and the visual arts. His intense intellectual curiosity can seldom be matched by his contemporaries, and his creative achievements in literature, the dramatic arts, painting, and film have been extraordinary, and have been reflected in his aesthetic treatises on art and literature. English-language publications have been in the forefront of Gao Xingjian research since the 1980s, and this book fills a Gao Xingjian research hiatus simply because it is hard to keep abreast of his stridently innovative creations. This volume brings readers up to date on Gao Xingjian, who is probably in this age of uncertainties, one of the foremost aesthetes in literature and the visual arts.

Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics demonstrates the extensive reach of Gao Xingjian’s transcultural, transdisciplinary and transmedia explorations. Showcased here is the panoramic aesthetics of a polymath who has successfully personified modern-time renaissance by projecting the struggles of the individual’s inner landscape into vivid images on stage, film, black-and-white paintings, and in the multilayered narrative expressions of fiction and poetry, even dance and music, to evoke a sense of sincerity and authenticity that penetrates a viewer/reader’s heart. The volume is divided into four parts: philosophical inquiry; transdiscipline, transgenre, transculture; cine-poems with paintings, dance and music; and identifying and defining the self. The chapters probe different aspects of Gao Xingjian’s work, bearing testimony to their diverse specializations.

This book will appeal to Chinese literature scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, and general readers with an interest in the broad subjects of contemporary Chinese literature, high arts, avant-garde culture, women’s and gender studies, Sinophone film and transmedia culture, comparative literature, and cultural studies.

Title: Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics
Editors: Mabel Lee and Liu Jianmei
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781604979466
362 pp.  |   2018   |   Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604979466.cfm

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Double Book Launch & Distinguished Professor Lecture by Mabel Lee

Professor Mabel Lee, Distinguished Professor in the “Chinese Culture in a World Context” research project at the Open University of Hong Kong, will be giving a lecture “Transcending Cultural Traditions: Lu Xun and Gao Xingjian” on March 19 (Monday) at 2:30 p.m. at the OUHK Main Campus in the B0614, 6/F. Professor Lee is best known for her translations of Nobel Laureate of Literature Gao Xingjian’s writings and as coeditor of The University of Sydney East Asian Series (1986–2000). There will also be a double launch of Professor Lee’s latest books, Painting History: China’s Revolution in a Global Context by Shen Jiawei and Gao Xingjian and Transmedia Aesthetics (coedited with Liu Jianmei, HKUST). The two books have just been published and will also be launched at the Cambria booth (109) at the AAS 2018 conference in Washington, DC.

Mabel Lee

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Start the New Year Right, with a Nobel Laureate!

Today is Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian’s birthday! In celebration and in honor of all his tremendous contributions to the literary world, we highlight his eponymous book, Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation, which Gao himself has maintained is the key to understanding all his creative works.

This book will be very welcome by fans of Gao’s works. Anyone who has read Soul Mountain would appreciate this book. A review of the book in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) states that the book is:

“easy to read and helps to explain concepts of Gao’s that are not readily understood in Western languages. The work has been edited carefully and, while the language is appropriate for a critical work, technical terms have been explained and translated into common usage for lay readers. It is a beautifully produced book, with a cover that shows the writer Gao Xingjian engaged in deep introspection … highly readable and engaging.”

This is a critical book for understanding the works of a “major voice in literary aesthetics and politics, a Chinese Nobel Prize winner who remains a leading figure in creative circles and in dialogues and debates between China and the West.” (MCLC).

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Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation

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MCLC book review nails it on why this book by Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian needs to be read by all in literary studies!

Cambria Press Gao Xingjian Nobel laureate

“A beautifully produced book … highly readable and engaging.” – MCLC

Cambria Press congratulates Gao Xingjian and Mabel Lee on the glowing review of Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation by Dr. Kwok-Kan Tam (Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Open University of Hong Kong) for the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC).

The book review accurately captures the essence of the work and the reasons why this book is a must-read title for all in literary studies, not just in the field of Chinese literature for “Gao Xingjian has a special place in world art, literature, and culture. He is known internationally as a writer of fiction and drama, a stage director, translator, painter, and film director. However, he is also a literary critic and theorist, and has been involved in various debates over the role of literature in politics and life.”

The huge impact of Gao’s works are properly noted: “Reading Gao’s works, whether fiction or drama, one feels caught in a maze of human relations in which distinctions are so blurred that it is difficult to know what the self is or what the other is not. Yet, it is in such relations that the complexities of the human mind and sense of self can be explored in depth.”

Reading Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation, which Gao himself has described to being the key to understanding his works, is a rewarding and enriching experience: “The essays translated and collected in this volume cover most of the issues Gao has faced in his creative writing, and they also constitute a dialogue between Eastern and Western aesthetics. Unlike many writers, Gao Xingjian is a seasoned critic and theorist who effectively and clearly expresses his arguments. Often at the forefront of debates on Chinese culture, politics, and literature, his views carry great weight with scholars and students in these fields. Mabel Lee, has done a very good job in rendering accurately the arguments in Gao’s theoretical works. Futhermore, the organization of the essays is well thought out, elucidating a pattern to Gao’s arguments that can lead to a better understanding not only of his ideas, but also of the various positions and debates underlying the important issues and topics he addresses.”

Kudos also go to Dr. Mable Lee, who has translated Gao’s previous works including the award-winning Soul Mountain and has outdone herself this time: “Mabel Lee deserves credit for doing far more than simply translating Gao’s writing. The essays are chosen and arranged carefully so as to allow the reader to discern a pattern of dialectical relations in the way Gao Xingjian has developed his ideas. It is also through Mabel Lee’s translations that many of Gao’s critical concepts, and their deep cultural connotations, are clarified and revealed in a new light.”

This book also provides a rare insider’s look: “As Gao Xingjian’s authorized translator, Mabel Lee has had the privilege to be engaged in continuous conversation with the author on many of his philosophical ideas. Hence, there is always ‘some insider’s insight’ in Lee’s translations.”

Finally, the review concludes with stating that “the book is a timely addition to the growing critical works and translations in Gao Xingjian studies. It also announces Gao (to English-language readers) as a major voice in literary aesthetics and politics, a Chinese Nobel Prize winner who remains a leading figure in creative circles and in dialogues and debates between China and the West. The English translations are easy to read and help to explain concepts of Gao’s that are not readily understood in Western languages. The work has been edited carefully and, while the language is appropriate for a critical work, technical terms have been explained and translated into common usage for lay readers. It is a beautifully produced book, with a cover that shows the writer Gao Xingjian engaged in deep introspection … highly readable and engaging.” Read the full MCLC review for Gao Xingjian: Aesthestics and Creation.

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

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Click on Buy for Regular Book, and enter the web coupon code. The discount and free shipping will apply during the checkout. The offer ends on December 15, 2013! Questions? E-mail sales[at]cambriapress.com.

Get the Cambria Press e-book version of this book today and read it on your kindle, iPad, or e-reader of your choice today. Don’t forget to recommend this Cambria Press book to your colleagues and librarians!

This book will be on display at the Cambria Press MLA booth in January and at the Cambria Press AAS booth in March. Cambria Press will be right in front of the exhibit hall entrance at both conferences.

See also the 2013 MLA book launch reception (videos included!) for Gao Xingjian–all his sessions were packed and many also enjoyed meeting him at the Cambria Press booth.

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