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New Book on the Chinese Political Novel

Nov 10, 2015

"The Chinese Political Novel. Migration of a World Genre" is a new book by Prof. Dr. Catherine Vance Yeh. She is associate professor at Boston University and member of project MC15 "Powers of the Press" at the Cluster/HCTS. The book was published by Harvard University Press in the series Harvard East Asian Monographs in 2015.

The political novel, which enjoyed a steep yet short rise to international renown between the 1830s and the 1910s, is primarily concerned with the nation’s political future. Focusing on its adaptation in the Chinese context, Catherine Vance Yeh traces the genre from Disraeli’s England through Europe and the United States to East Asia. Her study goes beyond comparative approaches and nation-state- and language-centered histories of literature to examine the intrinsic connections among literary works. Through detailed studies, especially of the Chinese exemplars, Yeh explores the tensions characteristic of transcultural processes: the dynamics through which a particular, and seemingly local, literary genre goes global; the ways in which such a globalized literary genre maintains its core features while assuming local identity and interacting with local audiences and political authorities; and the relationship between the politics of form and the role of politics in literary innovation.

The book "The Chinese Political Novel- Migration of a World Genre" - 442 pages - has been published by Harvard University Press.

Catherine Vance Yeh is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Boston University and part of research group MC15 "Powers of the Press". Her teaching and research interests include 19th and 20th century Chinese literary, media, and visual culture. Her work has focused on the social and political implications of Chinese entertainment culture and literature, and its impact on social change in late imperial and Republican era China.


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