2018-2019 School of Chinese Seminar
From “A Chinese Writer” to “Images in Sinophone Malaysian Literature”:Yu Dafu and Sinophone Malaysian Literature
劉俊 教授 Professor Liu Jun
May 21, 2019 (Tuesday), 4:30-6:00pm
Rm730, Run Run Shaw Tower
From 1938 to 1945, Yu Dafu was engaged in cultural efforts and anti-Japanese propaganda in the Nanyang (Southeast Asia nowadays) where he made a notable contribution to the local literature and cultural development, and fell into the controversies of local literary circles. After disappearing in 1945, Yu became a literary image featuring in an array of genres of Sinophone Malaysian literature. The contemporary Sinophone Malaysian writer Ng Kim Chew renders Yu in his fiction, The Disappearance of M, Death in the South, as a significant embodiment and symbol for pondering the subjectivity of Sinophone Malaysian literature. Ng’s construction of the images of Yu demonstrates the complicated relationship between Sinophone Malaysian literature and Chinese literature.
Liu Jun, Professor of the School of Liberal Arts at Nanjing University, is currently a visiting professor at the School of Chinese, HKU. He has worked at the University of Waterloo, Canada (2009-2011), and at Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong (2017) as a visiting professor, and was a visiting scholar at Grinnell College (2005), and at Taiwan University (2008). His research areas include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, and Sinophone literature. He has published seven books including A Compassionate Mind: Critical Biography of Bai Xianyong, Re-combinative Permeation of Chinese Literature in the World, and A Holistic Perspective of Chinese Literature in the World.
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