Edited by Andrea Bachner, Howard Chiang, and Yu-lin Lee

ISBN : 978-988-8805-71-6

Cultural Studies, Gender Studies

November 2023

272 pages, 9″ x 6″, 17 b&w illus. and 1 table

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Sinoglossia places the terms of embodiment, mediality, and translation at the center of analytical inquiry into Chinese and Sinophone cultures. Converging in the rubric of Sinoglossia, the chapters in this volume introduce a theory defined by cultural formations not overdetermined by Sinitic linguistic ties. The concept of Sinoglossia combines a heteroglossic and a heterotopian approach to the critical study of mediated discourses of China and Chineseness. From the history of physical examinations and queer subalternity to the cinematic inscription of Chineseness-as-landscape, and from Sinopop to the translational writings of Eileen Chang and Syaman Rapongan, this book argues for a flexible conceptualization of cultural objects, conditions, and contexts that draws attention to an array of polyphonic, multi-discursive, and multilingual articulations. In this new horizon of understanding, place or topos necessarily constitutes the possibility of friction and source of innovation.

Andrea Bachner is professor of comparative literature at Cornell University. 

Howard Chiang is associate professor of history at the University of California, Davis. 

Yu-lin Lee is research fellow at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica, Taiwan.