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: Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian with Mabel Lee and Christopher Lupke

Cambria Press MLA Booth Mabel Lee Gao Xingjian Christopher Lupke

Cambria Press Booth (2013 MLA, Boston) : Dr. Mabel Lee (University of Sydney), Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Gao Xingjian, and Professor Christopher Lupke (Washington State University).

Photo (left to right): Dr. Mabel Lee (University of Sydney), Gao Xingjian, and Professor Christopher Lupke (Washington State University).

Many came to the Cambria Press booth for Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian’s book-signing sessions for his new book Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation. Gao Xingjian also had book-signing sessions for Soul Mountain at the HarperCollins booth, which was right next to the Cambria Press booth. The great synergy for Cambria Press and HarperCollins led to even more visitors than anticipated for both presses!

Among the many visitors, we were especially delighted to see Professor Christopher Lupke (Washington State University), who has been instrumental in pushing for a greater representation of Asia at the MLA annual convention. His hard work has paid off as seen not only by the higher number of sessions but also the large session rooms that became so packed that attendees had to sit on the floor!   Special thanks also go to Professor Lupke for his extraordinary efforts in organizing many events, including Gao Xingjian’s fabulous birthday dinner that we were very honored to be a part of!

There were other visitors to the booth too, including Professor Liu Jianmei who flew all the way from Hong Kong just for the MLA events for Gao Xingjian, as well as another Cambria Press author E.K. Tan whose book was also published just in time for the MLA annual convention along with Gao Xingjian‘s and Liu Zaifu‘s.

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Happy New Year! Usher in 2013 with a Nobel Prize Winner!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The 2013 MLA annual convention in Boston promises to be an especially exciting one because Nobel Prize Winner in Literature Gao Xingjian will be attending!

Many new titles for Cambria Press will be showcased, including Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian’s long-awaited book Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation. There are two MLA sessions being held for Gao Xingjian:

1)     Gao Xingjian on Literature and Theater on Friday, 4 January, 3:30–5:15 p.m., 202, Hynes

2)     A Creative Conversation with Gao Xingjian on Saturday, 5 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 206, Hynes

These sessions are rare opportunities that scholars (not only of Chinese literature) should not miss because these forums will illuminate how his work––lauded by the Nobel Prize committee “for an œuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity, which has opened new paths for the Chinese novel and drama”––transcends linguistic, cultural, and genre borders.

Gao Xingjian Book Signing Session! Gao Xingjian will be signing copies of Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation on Friday, 4 January, from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. at the Cambria Press booth (#316) in the book exhibit hall. It is advisable to purchase your copy before the book-signing session. The Cambria Press booth will begin selling copies as early as 9 a.m. on Friday. A special MLA discounted rate will also be provided for early purchases. There are a limited number of copies, so please get to the Cambria Press booth as soon as possible so as not to miss this rare opportunity of having your book signed by a Nobel Prize winner!

Gao Xingjian:  Aesthetics and Creation

There is also a special Facebook promotion so that even those who are not attending the MLA annual convention will have an opportunity to get a signed copy of this new book. Like Cambria Press on Facebook AND share this post publicly on Facebook, and you will automatically entered into a drawing for a free, signed copy of the book. The book will be shipped free of charge to your address too!

Another important new book making its debut is 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).

A Study of Two Classics:  A Cultural Critique of <i>The Romance of the Three Kingdoms</i> and <i>The Water Margin</i>This is the first book that focuses exclusively on the cultural values of these two Chinese classics––it is not a work of literary criticism in the conventional sense but rather a much-needed cultural/ideological critique. In this book, Liu Zaifu examines how traditional commentators like Jin Shengtan and Li Zhi promoted the cultural values embedded in the two classics and how these harmful values are received and reinforced in contemporary China. He draws inspiration from May Fourth intellectuals, particularly Lu Xun, and from a wide range of works by Western scholars. For instance, he uses Oswald Spengler’s notion of “pseudomorphosis” to explain the degeneration and falsification of certain values in Chinese culture. As he engages in cultural comparison either implicitly or explicitly he also asks questions about modernity and modernization. Liu’s style is essayistic, which allows him to bring both erudition and personal observation into play. Originally written for a Chinese audience, this highly anticipated translated work will help English-speaking readers understand the issues a leading contemporary Chinese critic tries to address.

Gao Xingjian’s and Liu Zaifu’s significant contributions to the literary world and the distinctive nature of their work are best summed up in this article by Dr. Mabel Lee published in Asian and African Studies:

“[T]alented young academics such as Liu Kang, Xiaobing Tang and others have mastered Western theories and have emerged in Western cultural studies circles, armed with the empirical evidence provided by their knowledge of the Chinese literary scene to adequately substantiate their paradigmatic claims. Many of their perceptions are keen and incisive, but they unavoidably adopt the aggressive, militant stance symptomatic of cultural studies. This paradigmatic trap is missing in the writings of … Gao Xingjian and Liu Zaifu.”

Both Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation and A Study of Two Classics: A Cultural Critique of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and The Water Margin are in the Cambria Sinophone World Series headed by Professor Victor H. Mair, whose insightful studies of the Chinese literary world and beyond are considered to be among the world’s most important scholarly contributions. Professor Victor Mair will be participating in a special MLA session, Critical Debates in Sinophone Postcolonial Studies: Where Do We Go Now?, that will take place on Thursday, 3 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 207, Hynes. Presiding over the session is Professor Shu-mei Shih (UCLA) who is on the editorial board of the Cambria Sinophone World Series and widely credited for coining the term Sinophone.

Rethinking Chineseness:  Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World Given the session, it is thus also timely that the third new book in the Cambria Sinophone World Series that has also been published just in time for the MLA annual convention is Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary Worldby Professor E. K. Tan.  Professor David Wang (Harvard University) best sums up the book as follows: “E. K. Tan has done magnificent work in rethinking literary and cultural politics in the context of Sinophone articulations. In Rethinking Chineseness he looks into sources drawn from the Sinophone communities in Southeast Asia, identifies indigenous and diasporic contestations, and teases out the radical elements in the contemporary debate about Chinese identities. Both historically engaged and theoretically provocative, Tan’s book is a most important source for anyone interested in Chinese and Sinophone literary and cultural studies.”

Browse these newly published titles at the Cambria Press booth (#316) and see other Cambria Press titles that have received rave journal reviews, some of which are featured in other series, such as

The Films of Ousmane Sembène: Discourse, Culture, and PoliticsAnother new book that was published in time for the African Studies Association (ASA) annual conference that just took place in November is The Films of Ousmane Sembène: Discourse, Culture, and Politics, which is in the Cambria Studies in Contemporary Global Performing Arts series, headed by Professor John Clum (Duke University), who also has a forthcoming book Gay Drama Now.

Gay Drama Now

A 30% discount is being offered on these titles until February 15. Libraries are eligible for this discount too. Please download the MLA 2013 Promotional Book List and forward this on your librarians so they can enjoy the discount too. Hard copies of this list will also be available at the Cambria Press booth.

To commemorate having Gao Xingjian at the MLA convention, Cambria Press has commissioned a special tote bag for the occasion. A limited number of complimentary tote bags will be made available to MLA attendees, so please come to the Cambria Press booth as soon as possible to get yours.

Cambria Press Victor Mair Gao Xingjian Bag

If you have a book proposal, we would love to hear about it. Please come to the booth to discuss it with us. If you should miss us for some reason, please feel free to e-mail us  directly or complete our online proposal form.

We look forward to seeing you at the MLA annual convention and wish you all the best for 2013!

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Cambria Press author Shelley Chan interviewed by Inside Higher Ed for Mo Yan Article

Mo Yan: New York Times, After Fury Over 2010 Peace Prize, China Embraces Nobel Selection”

Read the Inside Higher Ed article about Mo Yan in which Cambria Press author Shelley Chan was interviewed!

See also the Cambria Press Q&A session with Professor Chan, author of  A Subversive Voice in China: The Fictional World of Mo Yan!

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Recommend this book to your library! Librarians can order the book 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).

Be sure to check out the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program for course adoptions whereby professors receive a freehardcover and students get freee-book access of the title when the library purchases the Platinum E-book edition!

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Cambria Press Congratulates Mo Yan on Winning the Nobel Prize in Literature!

Mo Yan Nobel Prize

Cambria Press congratulates Mo Yan on winning the Nobel Prize in literature! It comes as no surprise that Mo Yan has won this coveted award––the recognition of Mo Yan’s work is well deserved.

In 2011 Cambria Press published the most comprehensive exposition of Mo Yan’s fiction in any language. In A Subversive Voice in China: The Fictional World of Mo Yan, Professor Shelley Chan (Wittenberg University) delves into Mo Yan’s entire collection of literary works, considering his novels as well as short stories and novellas.

The book has been praised by Professor Howard Goldblatt (a top Asian studies scholar who has dedicated years to introduce most of Mo Yan’s works to the English-speaking world.). Professor Goldblatt stated that he “recommend[s] this first full-length study in English to anyone who wants the perfect complement to their reading of Mo Yan’s novels.”

A Subversive Voice in China: The Fictional World of Mo Yan is part of the Culture, Literature, & Religion in Greater China Book Series that was originally headed by Professors Jianmei Liu and Ann Huss. The series has since evolved and is now known as the Cambria Sinophone World Series to herald its new leadership and vision. Professors Liu and Huss are on the editorial board. The general editor of the series is Professor Victor H. Mair. See Professor Mair’s post on Mo Yan at the Language Log.

The following is a Q&A session with Professor Chan.

QUESTION: Are you surprised that Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in literature?
ANSWER: I am not surprised at all because I always believed that Mo Yan is a great writer who deserves the Nobel Prize. I am very happy for him and very proud of him.

QUESTION: Why did you decide to write this book?
ANSWER: I decided to write A Subversive Voice in China: The Fictional World of Mo Yan because Mo Yan is one of the most important and prolific contemporary Chinese writers to emerge in the post-Mao era. He is very experimental and the experiments make his books / stories very rich and complex. Many of Mo Yan’s stories serve as cultural, social, or political commentaries. His sarcasm strongly reminds the reader of Lu Xun, who was known for his relentless attacks on tradition as well as on discontented modern society. In this respect Mo Yan returns to the May Fourth literary spirit.

QUESTION: What do you hope your readers take away from your book?
ANSWER: I hope that readers will be able to appreciate the richness, the complexity, and the unique and sophisticated writing skills of this Chinese writer after reading my book. For example, how Mo Yan’s works inherit and continue the May Fourth literary spirits represented by Lu Xun; how the writer serves as a spokesman for his countrymen; how his attitude on history changes during his writing profession; how uniquely he uses Chinese language, and what a new reading experience he brings to his readers.

QUESTION: What other research do you believe is needed on this topic?
RESPONSE: My book is a study of Mo Yan’s works, but it is, by no means, an exhaustive study. In fact, no single book will be able to accomplish this task. This has to be a collective effort. Therefore, more studies on Mo Yan are needed. Special attention should be paid to his use of language (e.g., the increasing playfulness in his recent works). I believe that Mo Yan will continue to be a prolific writer and that more studies on his works will be needed.

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Recommend this book to your library! Librarians can order the book 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).

Be sure to check out the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program for course adoptions whereby professors receive a freehardcover and students get freee-book access of the title when the library purchases the Platinum E-book edition!

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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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