Sinophone-Anglophone Cultural Duet

Authors: Ma, Sheng-mei

  • Presents the term “Sino-Anglo” over “China-US” to articulate the connection between cultures codified by language rather than nation
  • Pushes against existing disciplines of Area and American Studies as well as Euro-centric comparative literature to offer a thorough analysis of the tensions that simultaneously bind and separate disciplines
  • The latest volume from one of the leading scholars of the cultural connections between the Global East and West
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This book examines the paradox of China and the United States’ literary and visual relationships, morphing between a happy duet and a contentious duel in fiction, film, poetry, comics, and opera from both sides of the Pacific. In the 21st century where tension between the two superpowers escalates, a gaping lacuna lies in the cultural sphere of Sino-Anglo comparative cultures. By focusing on a “Sinophone-Anglophone” relationship rather than a “China-US” one, Sheng-mei Ma eschews realpolitik, focusing on the two languages and the cross-cultural spheres where, contrary to Kipling’s twain, East and West forever meet, like a repetition compulsion bordering on neurosis over the self and its cultural other. Indeed, the coupling of the two—duet-cum-duel—is so predictable that each seems attracted to and repulsed by its dark half, semblable, (in)compatible for their shared larger-than-life-ness.

About the authors

Sheng-mei Ma is Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA, specializing in Asian Diaspora and East-West comparative studies. His books in English include: The Last Isle (2015); Alienglish (2014); Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity (2012); Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture (2011); East-West Montage (2007); The Deathly Embrace (2000); and Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures (1998).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Sino-Anglo-Euro Wolf Fan(g)s from Jiang Rong to Annaud

    Ma, Sheng-mei

    Pages 3-21

  • To Anglicize and Angelize the Rape of Nanking

    Ma, Sheng-mei

    Pages 23-38

  • Asiatic Aspie: Millennial (ab)Use of Asperger’s Syndrome

    Ma, Sheng-mei

    Pages 39-56

  • Turandot: The Chinese Box by Puccini, Zeffirelli, Zhang, and Chen

    Ma, Sheng-mei

    Pages 57-68

  • Speaking (of the) Dragon: Slain by the West, Ridden by the East

    Ma, Sheng-mei

    Pages 69-85

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-58033-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-58032-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sinophone-Anglophone Cultural Duet
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58033-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58033-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58032-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 240
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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