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Conference Paper: From Imperialization to Anti-Communism: romance in Colonial and Early Postwar Taiwan

TitleFrom Imperialization to Anti-Communism: romance in Colonial and Early Postwar Taiwan
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Issue Date2015
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The 2015/16 Harvard Yenching Institute Talk Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA., 8 October 2015. How to Cite?
AbstractThis talk will examine the development of Chinese-language romance writing in Taiwan under Japan’s imperialization movement and the KMT’s anti-communist measures. It will analyze the gendered modernity in the works of Xu Kunquan and Wu Mansha, exploring how those authors’ construction of ideal women within the domestic sphere is transformed into their promotion of patriotic women under Japan’s wartime mobilization. It will then trace how the romance genre was continued by émigré writers such as Wang Lan and Guo Lianghui in the 1950s and 1960s through their epic romances and (banned) modernist attempts. Through contextual and textual analysis, this talk will posit that women functioned as a common encapsulation of writers’ visions of modernity and ethics. It will also argue that governmentality, be it Japan’s colonial enterprise or the KMT’s authoritarian rule, was a discursive practice to which authors responded with not only agency but also abundant creativity.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233146

 

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dc.contributor.authorLin, PY-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-20T05:34:51Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-20T05:34:51Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationThe 2015/16 Harvard Yenching Institute Talk Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA., 8 October 2015.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233146-
dc.description.abstractThis talk will examine the development of Chinese-language romance writing in Taiwan under Japan’s imperialization movement and the KMT’s anti-communist measures. It will analyze the gendered modernity in the works of Xu Kunquan and Wu Mansha, exploring how those authors’ construction of ideal women within the domestic sphere is transformed into their promotion of patriotic women under Japan’s wartime mobilization. It will then trace how the romance genre was continued by émigré writers such as Wang Lan and Guo Lianghui in the 1950s and 1960s through their epic romances and (banned) modernist attempts. Through contextual and textual analysis, this talk will posit that women functioned as a common encapsulation of writers’ visions of modernity and ethics. It will also argue that governmentality, be it Japan’s colonial enterprise or the KMT’s authoritarian rule, was a discursive practice to which authors responded with not only agency but also abundant creativity.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofHarvard Yenching Institute Talk Series 2015/16-
dc.titleFrom Imperialization to Anti-Communism: romance in Colonial and Early Postwar Taiwan-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
dc.identifier.emailLin, PY: pylin@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLin, PY=rp01578-
dc.identifier.hkuros266637-

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