Proust, China and Intertextual Engagement

Translation and Transcultural Dialogue

Authors: Li, Shuangyi

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  • Addresses three key areas of literary exploration — translation, inter-text and trans-cultural dialogue
  • Provides a balanced cross-cultural perspective of both the Western canon and Far Eastern cultural heritages
  • Refines a wide range of critical concepts established in translation studies, inter-textuality, migrant and comparative literature
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The book traces the literary journey that Proust’s work made to China and back by means of translation, intertextual engagement, and the creation of a transcultural dialogue through migrant literature. It begins with a translation history of Proust’s work in China and studies the different (re)translations and editions of La Recherche highlighting their culturally conditioned thematic emphases and negligence, such as time and memory over anti-Semitism and homosexuality. The book then moves on to explore three contemporary mainland Chinese writers’ creative intertextual engagement with Proust against the backdrop of China's explosive development from modernity to post-modernity in the 1990s. Finally, back to France, the book examines the multifarious literary relations between Proust and the Franco-Chinese migrant writer François Cheng. It demonstrates how the cultural heritages of China and the West can be re-negotiated and put into dialogue through the fictional and creative medium of literature, as well as providing a means of understanding the economic, political, and cultural exchanges in our current global context.

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Shuangyi Li is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Literature at Lund University in Sweden. Besides Proust, he is interested in 20th-century European and global modernism(s), transcultural writings by writers of Far Eastern Asian diasporic communities, processes of international canonization, reception studies, translation studies, travel writings, and critical models of world and comparative literature. He is currently working on a project on literature and art of the Chinese diaspora in France within the broader framework of cultural translation and intermediality. 

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“Shuangyi Li has produced an engaging, distinctive work of scholarship that makes a welcome addition to Proust studies while also contributing to a range of other fields. It brings a critical assessment of Proust’s reception in China into dialogue with theoretical thinking about diaspora, translation, canon-formation, intertextuality, and the transcultural. It is a stimulating read, enriched by the use it makes of existing critical writing on Proust’s novel as well as a wider spread of work in translation studies, world and comparative literature, and intertextuality.” (Adam Watt, French Studies, March 16, 2019)

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Proust, China and Intertextual Engagement
Book Subtitle
Translation and Transcultural Dialogue
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-4454-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-4454-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-4453-3
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-5142-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 246
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