Visuality and Identity
Sinophone Articulations Across the Pacific
By (author) Shu-mei Shih
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Visuality and Identity by Shu-mei Shih
Book DescriptionShu-mei Shih inaugurates the field of Sinophone studies in this vanguard excursion into sophisticated cultural criticism situated at the intersections of Chinese studies, Asian American studies, diaspora studies, and transnational studies. Arguing that the visual has become the primary means of mediating identities under global capitalism, Shih examines the production and circulation of images across what she terms the "Sinophone Pacific," which comprises Sinitic-language speaking communities such as the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Chinese America. This groundbreaking work argues that the dispersal of the so-called Chinese peoples across the world needs to be reconceptualized in terms of vibrant or vanishing communities of Sinitic-language cultures rather than of ethnicity and nationality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520249448
(203mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Shu-mei Shih
Lure of the Modern, Paperback (April 2001)» View all books by Shu-mei Shih
An account of Chinese literary modernism, written from the perspective of Republican China. Shih argues for the contextualization of Chinese modernism in the semicolonial cultural and political formation of the time and analyzes pivotal issues, such as decadence and Orientalism.
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Author Biography - Shu-mei Shih
Shu-mei Shih is Professor in Asian Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917-1937 (UC Press) and coeditor of Minor Transnationalism.
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