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Sinographies

Writing China

2007

Eric Hayot, Haun Saussy, and Steven G. Yao, editors

Sinographies

A new critical model for understanding China and its role in Western literary and political life

The essays in this thought-provoking volume investigate ideas of China and Chineseness by means of a broad range of texts, languages, and contexts that surround what the editors call the “various written Chinas” through history.

Contributors: Timothy Billings, Christopher Bush, Rey Chow, Danielle Glassmeyer, Timothy Kendall, Walter S. H. Lim, Lucien Miller, David Porter, Carlos Rojas, Steven J. Venturino, Henk Vynckier.

Sinographies brings together some of the brightest young minds from a number of disciplines including Chinese studies, English literature, and Asian American studies. A compelling and timely contribution.

Lydia Liu, author of The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making

The essays in this thought-provoking volume investigate ideas of China and Chineseness by means of a broad range of texts, languages, and contexts that surround what the editors call the “various written Chinas” through history. Analyzing discourse of civilization, geography, ethics, ethnicity, writing, and differences about China, this work disrupts the boundaries that have previously defined this country as an object of study.

Sinographies respects the power of texts to shape realities both backward and forward, to create or foreclose possibilities not only of interpretation but of experience. The essays examine topics like colonialism, literary modernism, translation, anime, and Tibet. As a whole, the volume imagines sinography as a new methodological approach to the study of China, one that clears unexpected ground for new kinds of comparative work.

Contributors: Timothy Billings, Middlebury College; Christopher Bush, Princeton U; Rey Chow, Brown U; Danielle Glassmeyer, U of Alabama, Birmingham; Timothy Kendall; Walter S. H. Lim, National U of Singapore; Lucien Miller, U of Massachusetts; David Porter, U of Michigan; Carlos Rojas, U of Florida; Steven J. Venturino, Loyola U; Henk Vynckier, Tunghai U, Taiwan.

Sinographies

Eric Hayot is associate professor of comparative literature at Pennsylvania State University.

Sinographies

Sinographies brings together some of the brightest young minds from a number of disciplines including Chinese studies, English literature, and Asian American studies. A compelling and timely contribution.

Lydia Liu, author of The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making

Sinographies offers new modes of contextualizing the various disciplines explored by its contributors, and Asian American studies in particular may benefit from an approach that attends to affective encounters and problems in signification—one that provides another way of opening the field beyond the boundaries of the United States.

Journal of Asian American Studies

Sinographies reflects a shared and singular commitment among its contributors to offer new insights into habitual ways of reading “China”.

Asian Studies Review

This collection of essays showcases in condensed form the groundbreaking contributions to the field by many of the featured authors—Timothy Billings, Christopher Bush, Rey Chow, Eric Hayot, David Porter, Carlos Rojas, Haun Saussy, and Steve G. Yao—allowing the reader to savor them in close contiguity and dialogue with each other.

China Review International