Women, Writing and Visuality in Contemporary China
A proposed special issue of
Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (FLSC)
Edited by Géraldine Fiss and Li Guo
Presentation of this special issue
Chinese women writers and filmmakers today contribute in unique and significant ways to cultural change, while both embodying and transcending feminist concerns. Rather than perpetuating 20th century discourses concerning women’s emancipation, many contemporary women intellectuals, writers and visual artists are articulating new forms of consciousness and addressing pivotal concerns of our time in provocative, oftentimes experimental ways. This special issue of Frontiers will explore novel modes of narrative invention, aesthetic innovation and cultural critique in contemporary Chinese women’s literature and film. Areas of inquiry include but are not limited to : 1. modes of articulating and expressing subjectivity in fiction and film ; 2. unconventional subject matter and voices in feminine/feminist texts such as, for instance, homosexual and transsexual themes ; 3. creative de/constructions of the relationship between gender, language and the body ; 4. ecocritical consciousness and creative engagement of environmental degradation ; 5. re-conceptualizations of the intersection between urban space and human subjectivity ; 6. the creative utilization and re-imagination of classical Chinese culture as well as the corpus of modern Chinese literature and film ; 7. male authors’ critical engagement with and portrayal of women’s themes.
The submission deadline for paper proposals is May 10, 2015 and for final papers October 10, 2015 (for a projected publication date of Winter 2015).
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