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

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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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ISA 2013 Book Highlights: Rave Reviews for Cambria Press Titles!

Cambria Press ISA 2013 San Francisco
Cambria Press ISA 2013 San Francisco

The following titles by Cambria Press in international studies are being highlighted for the 2013 International Studies Association (ISA) annual conference in San Francisco (click on links for more details):

The Political and Economic Sustainability of Health Care in Canada: Private-Sector Involvement in the Federal Provincial Health Care System by Howard A. Palley, Marie-Pascale Pomey, and Owen B. Adams (“A rare contribution—a most welcome addition to scholarly works in this field.” – Publius: The Journal of Federalism)

Forgotten Partnership Redux: Canada-U.S. Relations in the 21st Century by Greg Anderson and Christopher Sands (“Certainly as useful as its predecessor … fitting tribute to Charles Doran.” – British Journal of Canadian 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)

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

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)

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)

Doing Archival Research in Political Science by Scott Frisch, Douglas Harris, Sean Q Kelly, and David C. W. Parker (“Excellent, timely, and cogently written.” – Dr. Raymond Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies; former historian, U. S. House of Representatives; and past president of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress)

SPECIAL ISA PROMOTIONS–30% off for libraries until April 30 + $40 only for ANY title  for booth sales!

1) A 30% discount is being provided for ISA 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 (#214). An online version of the booklist will be available at www.cambriapress.com

2) A booth sale special—$40 on ANY title for purchases made at the Cambria Press booth (#214) in the ISA exhibit hall! See Cambria Press coupon on ISA website!

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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!

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

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