Stateless Subjects: Chinese Martial Arts Literature and Postcolonial History (Cornell East Asia #162) (Paperback)

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Description


Known in the West primarily through poorly subtitled films, Chinese martial arts fiction is one of the most iconic and yet the most understudied form of modern sinophone creativity. Current scholarship on the subject is characterized by three central assumptions against which this book argues: first, that martial arts fiction is the representation of a bodily spectacle that historically originated in Hong Kong cinema; second, that the genre came into being as an escapist fantasy that provided psychological comfort to people during the height of imperialism; and third, that martial arts fiction reflects a patriotic attitude that celebrates the greatness of Chinese culture, which in turn is variously described as the China-complex, colonial modernity, essentialized identity, diasporic consciousness, anxieties about globalization, or other psychological and ideological difficulties experienced by the Chinese people.

About the Author


Petrus Liu received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, triple major in German Literature, East Asian Languages, and Comparative Literature (1997); MA and PhD in Comparative Literature (2000 and 2005). He was previously Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University from 2005 to 2012. He is currently Associate Professor and JY Pillay Fellow at Yale-NUS in Singapore.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781933947624
ISBN-10: 1933947624
Publisher: Cornell East Asia Series
Publication Date: January 31st, 2012
Pages: 300
Language: English
Series: Cornell East Asia