A Queer Invention in Taiwan: A History of Tongzhi Literature (同志文學史:台灣的發明), written by Ta-Wei Chi

A Queer Invention in Taiwan: A History of Tongzhi Literature (同志文學史:台灣的發明),... Taipei: Linking Publishing, 2017, 520 pp., nt$750 (hb); nt$650 (pb).Ta-wei Chi’s magnum opus, A Queer Invention in Taiwan: A History of Tongzhi Literature, is the culmination of years of research, writing, and scholarly conversations. It is also a sequel to a more succinct monograph that he published in 2012, A Short History of Tongzhi Literature in Taiwan (Tainan: National Museum of Taiwanese Literature). In the words of Fang-ming Chen, who wrote a foreword introducing the book, it is perhaps more apt to describe the publication of Chi’s study as an unprecedented ‘event’ (p. 7). However, instead of depicting Chi’s book as filling a ‘gap’ in our understanding of Taiwanese (literary) history, as Chen does in his foreword, I prefer to frame it (and its significance) as another kind of event. There is no question that Chi’s study profoundly enriches our knowledge of the history of Taiwanese tongzhi (同志) literature. But its scholarly merit and political message more broadly attest to the changing social fabrics and the context of ongoing scholarly debates in which it took shape.Chi received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, under the supervision of Shu-mei Shih in 2006, and he http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Queer Invention in Taiwan: A History of Tongzhi Literature (同志文學史:台灣的發明), written by Ta-Wei Chi

Feb 20, 2018

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2468-8797
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10.1163/24688800-00101013
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Taipei: Linking Publishing, 2017, 520 pp., nt$750 (hb); nt$650 (pb).Ta-wei Chi’s magnum opus, A Queer Invention in Taiwan: A History of Tongzhi Literature, is the culmination of years of research, writing, and scholarly conversations. It is also a sequel to a more succinct monograph that he published in 2012, A Short History of Tongzhi Literature in Taiwan (Tainan: National Museum of Taiwanese Literature). In the words of Fang-ming Chen, who wrote a foreword introducing the book, it is perhaps more apt to describe the publication of Chi’s study as an unprecedented ‘event’ (p. 7). However, instead of depicting Chi’s book as filling a ‘gap’ in our understanding of Taiwanese (literary) history, as Chen does in his foreword, I prefer to frame it (and its significance) as another kind of event. There is no question that Chi’s study profoundly enriches our knowledge of the history of Taiwanese tongzhi (同志) literature. But its scholarly merit and political message more broadly attest to the changing social fabrics and the context of ongoing scholarly debates in which it took shape.Chi received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, under the supervision of Shu-mei Shih in 2006, and he

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