Publication Excerpt from Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers

Stalling

The following is an excerpt from the introduction in Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers, edited by Jonathan Stalling, Lin Tai-man, and Yanwing Leung.

A Pacific island of roughly 14,400 square miles, Taiwan lies just over a hundred miles off China’s southeast shoreline and seven hundred miles south of Japan. It has been a contested cultural space between its original aboriginal inhabitants (Taiyals and Vonums), and then among many generations of Chinese immigrants as well as waves of Dutch, Spanish, and Japanese colonial inhabitants, all of which provides the backdrop for some of the richest Sinophone literature in the world. Unfixed, vibrant, and deeply engaged with a sense of place, Taiwanese writers—from the experimental poetry pioneer Hsia Yu to younger multimedia poets like Ye Mimi to powerhouse authors like Li Ang and Chu T’ien-wen—are continually pushing the boundaries of the possible and unlocking new directions for Sinophone literature in the twenty-first century.

With this first American anthology of contemporary Taiwanese women writers in decades, the editors hope to expose English readers to the widest possible range of voices, styles, and textures of contemporary Taiwanese writers. In Ping Lu’s “Wedding Date,” we meet a wheelchair-bound mother who seems to get younger by the day as her filial daughter prematurely ages. A talented writer in her youth, the protagonist’s imagination imbues a possible romance with an intimacy that seems so real it almost becomes so, despite piling signs to the contrary. In “The Story of Hsiao-Pi,” by Newman Prize–winning author Chu T’ien-wen, the narrator lovingly examines the life of a troubled village boy, who builds an unexpected future upon the fierce if complicated love of his mother and step-father. Then Taiwan itself becomes the protagonist in Tsai Su-fen’s “Taipei Train Station,” where the station serves as an aperture through which numerous lives pass, if only briefly, into view before emerging into the boundless possibilities of the city.

Chung Wenyin recalls her first steps into literature and love through her story “The Travels and Lover of a Junior High Girl,” an adventure that explores the evolving ideas of love and the eros of art, and the open-ended possibilities of life itself. After being told by an amateur psychic that her not-yet-conceived son is following her around, waiting for his time to enter the world, the narrator of Marula Liu’s story “Baby, My Dear” begins to search for his father. Su Wei-chen, however, enters the traumatic space of a mother losing her daughter to leukemia in “No Time to Grow Up,” asking if children who die so young have had enough time to even know they are alive. Yuan Chiung-chiung traces the dynamic and transformative process of divorce, reinvention, and love through the story “A Place of One’s Own,” while Liao Hui-ying opens a window into class identity, fate, motherhood, and, ultimately, love in the context of an arranged marriage in “Seed of the Rape Plant.” Li Ang offers a tale of Taiwanese oppositional politics, personal sacrifice, and unrequited love in “The Devil in a Chastity Belt.” Chen Jo-hsi draws the collection to a close with a poignant vignette exposing the point where international politics and the dinner table meet, somewhere between the imagination and anticipation and the machinations of political power in her story “The Fish.”

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Pi-twan Huang
Introduction: From Taiwan: Some of the Richest Sinophone Literature by Jonathan Stalling
Chapter 1: Wedding Date by Ping Lu
Chapter 2: The Story of Hsiao-Pi by Chu T’ien-wen
Chapter 3: The Party Girl by Lin Tai-man
Chapter 4: Taipei Train Station by Tsai Su-fen
Chapter 5: The Travels and Lover of a Junior High Girl by Chung Wenyin
Chapter 6: Baby, My Dear by Marula Liu
Chapter 7: No Time to Grow Up by Su Wei-chen
Chapter 8: A Place of One’s Own Yuan by Chiung-chiung
Chapter 9: Seed of the Rape Plant by Liao Hui-ying
Chapter 10: The Devil in a Chastity Belt by Li Ang
Chapter 11: The Fish by Jo-hsi Chen
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#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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#MLA15 Shirley Hazzard: Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist

Shirley Hazzard

#MLA15: Check out Shirley Hazzard: Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist at the Cambria Press booth (402)!

“Not just an intellectual exercise, or a scholarly pleasure, but also a profound relief to read,” is how this first-ever monograph on Shirley Hazzard has been described. Widely praised this book, which is in the Cambria Australian Literature Series headed by Susan Lever (University of Sydney), is also an important resource for scholars in women’s studies and world literature.

Browse Shirley Hazzard: Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist by Brigitta Olubas, associate professor at the University of New South Wales, at the Cambria Press booth (402) in the book exhibit hall and enter our #MLA15 book-giveaway draw for a chance to win this book!

Dr. Olubas will be presenting in the #MLA15 session Local Literatures Transnationally: Australian and New Zealand Literatures in Global Connection (Friday at 10:15 a.m.).

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Cambria Press New Book! Philip Roth and World Literature

 Cambria Press academic publisher Philip Roth and World Literature

Cambria Press New Book! Philip Roth and World Literature

 

“Far from insular, Roth’s work appears deeply rooted in the American canon, while at the same time it exhibits a remarkable openness, a persistent need for contact with his European forebears, and true engagement with contemporary world literature.”  – Philip Roth and World Literature: Transatlantic Perspectives and Uneasy Passages 

A book like this is long overdue because not many are aware of the numerous intersections between Philip Roth’s fiction and world literature. In highlighting these intersections and uneasy passages, this comparative approach offers an important contribution to Philip Roth studies as well as to comparative literary study in general. It builds on previous comparative scholarship on Philip Roth and seeks to broaden even further the crossings and concepts through which comparisons can be made and sustained. It covers new authors from world literature and extends analysis of previously studied authors. This is an important book for the rapidly growing field of transatlantic and transnational American studies. It will also be of value to scholars and students in American literature and Jewish studies, comparative literature and world literature, and transatlantic and transnational American studies.

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See also the well-reviewed Philip Roth and the Zuckerman Books: The Making of a Storyworld!

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Cambria Press @ MLA 2014: What is better than a happy author with glowing book reviews?

Cambria Press author Brigitta Olubas academic publisher MLA #MLA14

Cambria Press author Brigitta Olubas

We were delighted when we had an unexpected visitor at the Cambria Press booth at the MLA annual convention–Brigitta Olubas all the way from Australia! Dr. Olubas is the author of Shirley Hazzard: Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist , which has garnered several excellent reviews. This book is in the Cambria Studies in Australian Literature book series by Dr. Susan Lever (University of Sydney).

So, what is better than a happy author with glowing book reviews? A happy author with EVEN MORE glowing book reviews–Dr. Olubas informed us that more reviews have since appeared, and we will be posting on them soon. In the meantime, read this book online now!

Don’t forget: 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.

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Cambria Press MLA Australian Literature Highlights!

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Outstanding books in the the Cambria Studies in Australian Literature series by Susan Lever (University of Sydney)

The Cambria Studies in Australian Literature by Susan Lever (University of Sydney) features outstanding books which have earned excellent reviews:

Not in the series but just as important in Australian and world literature are Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature by Nathanael O’Reilly and Chinese in Australian Fiction, 1888–1988 by Ouyang Yu.

Check these books out at Cambria Press booth (132) in the MLA 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.

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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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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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