27 May 2021
Distinguished Speakers on Contemporary Greater China Series: Our Century – 100 Snapshots of 20th-Century Taiwan Literature (百年降生:台灣文學故事 1900~2000)

Date: 27 May 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Language: English
Registration: https://forms.gle/dYbu4qMMLn6A8Bqu5
*This seminar will take place via Zoom

Performing the Socialist State

The lecture will put Taiwan in perspective of its historical and cultural developments by discussing contemporary writers’ reflections on major intellectual changes which are captured in the book The Dawn of a Century: Taiwan Stories 1900-2000 ( 百年降生: 1900-2000 臺灣文學故事) by Li Shiyong 李時雍 et al. Modelled on Günter Grass’s My Century, Li et al’s book is a collection of 101 stories told by 12 Taiwan writers including Li Shiyong 李時雍, He Jingyao 何敬堯, Lin Yanshuang 林妏霜, Ma Yihang 馬翊航, Chen Yunyuan 陳允元, Sheng Haowei 盛浩偉, Yang Jieming 楊傑銘, Zhan Minxu 詹閔旭, Zheng Fangting 鄭芳婷, Cai Linjin 蔡林縉, Xiao Junyi 蕭鈞毅 and Yan Na 顏訥, who belong to the 1980s generation. The stories are sketches of Taiwan people’s joys, sorrows, aspirations and confusions in search of their identity, their roots and their culture. They are a record of Taiwan’s transformations from the colonial period to a modern Asian metropolis. “Twentieth century,” “Taiwan literature” and “stories” are the keywords, as Li Shiyong describes the project.

Professor Irmy SCHWEIGER [Full Professor of Chinese Language and Culture in the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University]

Professor Irmy Schweiger is Full Professor of Chinese Language and Culture in the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University. Her research interests cover modern and contemporary Sinophone literature and culture, particularly on topics related to historical trauma and cultural memory, cosmopolitan and vernacular dynamics in literature and literary history, literature as counter narrative to official discourse, cultures in contact, urban culture, gender, and literatures of the diaspora. She is a member of the Research Group on “Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics in World Literature.” In addition to the numerous articles on Chinese literature, culture and society, her publications include the following books: Halber Himmel, ganzer Herd: die Wiederbelebung der Weiblichkeit: eine Analyse des Diskurses über Frauenliteratur im post-maoistischen China, Chinesische Stadt- Landschaften die kulturelle Produktion von “Stadt” in der chinesischen Literaturkritik und Literatur, and Representation of the Other: Theory and Practice.

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