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International Symposium: Shen Congwen and Modern China


International Symposium: Shen Congwen and Modern China

http://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/shen-congwen

Date: 

Friday, September 25, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, September 26, 2015 (All day)

Location: 

Room S020 | CGIS South | 1730 Cambridge Street | Cambridge, MA

Sponsored by the CCK Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Harvard University Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Shen Congwen (December 28, 1902 – May 10, 1988) was one of the greatest modern Chinese writers cum scholars on par with Lu Xun. Yet, for decades, Shen Congwen was overlooked by literary historians in the People’s Republic of China due to his stylistic iconoclasm and ideological nonconformism. It is only in recent years, since his nomination for the Nobel Prize for Literature and passing in 1988, that Shen has won increased attention from readers and researchers. Amidst a growing “craze” for his life, literary works, and scholarship, this symposium seeks to critically reassess Shen Congwen’s contribution to modern Chinese cultural, ethnic, literary and art history. The symposium hopes not only to critique the strengths and limitations of prevailing trends in Shen Congwen Studies, but also to explore the possibilities of reading Shen Congwen in a dialogical light and reposition Shen as an interface between modern Chinese literary and cultural studies capable of enabling fruitful comparisons.

Above all, the symposium hopes to situate Shen Congwen in the tumultuous historical context from the early Republican era to the Cultural Revolution, and rethink the contested process by which a modern Chinese intellectual writer came to terms with his time as well as his own life. The symposium will focus on the following four themes:

  • Shen Congwen and the May Fourth: Nativism, Regional Culture, and The Polemics of Realism
  • Shen Congwen during the Revolutionary Era: Art as a Form of Resistance; Revolutionism vs. Liberalism; The Poetics of Self-Negation
  • Shen Conwen after 1949: the Politics of Esoteric Writing; Shen Congwen as an Art Historian.     
  • Shen Congwen and His Legacy: Critical Lyricism in Modern China

The conference will be conducted in English and Chinese.

Guests of Honor:
SHEN Longzhu, Editor of The Complete Works of Shen Congwen; son of Shen Congwen

SHEN Huchu, Editor of The Complete Works of Shen Congwen; son of Shen Congwen

Keynote Speaker:

Jeffery KINKLEY, Professor Emeritus of History, St. Johns University

Organizer:

David Der-wei Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Participants:
Shannon CANNELLA, Lecturer in Chinese, Hamline University
Jingling CHEN, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Middlebury College
Vicki CHIU, Deputy Minister of Culture, Taiwan
Tarryn Li-Min CHUN, Ph.D. Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Susan DARUVALA, Professor of Chinese, King’s College, Cambridge University
FUKE Michinobu, Professor of Chinese Literature, Kinki University
HAMADA Maya, Associate Professor of Literature, Kobe University
JI Jin, Professor of Chinese, Suzhou University
Jeffery KINKLEY, Professor Emeritus of History, St. Johns University
Charles LAUGHLIN, Weedon Chair in Asian Studies, University of Virginia
Jie LI, Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University
Rosa LOMBARDI, Professor of Chinese, Rome III University
Ying QIAN, Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Andy RODEKOHR, Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
Mingwei SONG, Associate Professor of Chinese, Wellesley College
TSUMORI Aki, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Kobe University
Xiaojue WANG, Associate Professor of Chinese, Rutgers University 
YING Lei, Ph.D. Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
ZHANG Xinying, Professor of Chinese, Fudan University
ZHONG Zhiqing, Research Fellow, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


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