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Derivative Aesthetics and Cultural Politics: The Translocal Vision in the Retelling of Old Tales

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2018-19 School of Chinese Hon-yin and Suet-fong Chan Professorship Endowment Lecture Series

Derivative Aesthetics and Cultural Politics: The Translocal Vision in the Retelling of Old Tales

Professor Chia-ling Mei
National Taiwan University

時間Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday 9 October 2018
地點Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
演講語言Language: Mandarin Chinese 華語


As an important source of creative energy in writing, how does “derivative” literature and culture develop an unique aesthetics of its own to respond to and reflect the complex and shifting cultural politics in the contemporary translocal and transcultural context?  As the retelling of old stories is a major phenomenon for the development and inheritance of literature, this lecture will use Lu Xun’s “Mending Heaven” and “Casting Sword” as the point of departure, while touching upon the “Nezha” figure in folk culture, to explore the derivation and transformation of retold stories in terms of their cultural politics and non-politics from translocal perspectives.


Professor Chia-ling Mei is a distinguished professor and the chairperson of the Department of Chinese Literature at the National Taiwan University where she received her Ph.D. degree.  She is also the director of the Centre for Taiwan Studies there.  Her research areas include modern Chinese literature, Taiwan literature, and literature of the Han, Wei, and Six Dynasties.  Her works include  : From Young China to Young Taiwan: Imagination of Youth and National Discourse in Twentieth Century Chinese Language Literature, Gender or Nation? On Taiwan Literature from the 1950s as well as the 1980s-1990s, Language and Narrative in Shishuoxinyu, and New Explorations of Literature of the Han, Wei, and Six Dynasties.

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