A symposium on modern Chinese literature is scheduled for Friday
and Saturday at Harvard University.
The conference will bring together more than 30 renowned
scholars from China, Singapore, Malaysia and North America to
analyze new currents of the Chinese literary diaspora.
Titled Globalizing Modern Chinese Literature: Sinophone and
Diasporic Writings, the symposium will focus on the emerging sites
rather than established centers of Chinese-language literature.
In particular, it will address the emerging field of Sinophone
literary studies and examine the ways in which diaspora,
trans-nationalism and the question of dialects and national
languages are transforming the concept of modern Chinese
The new perspective reflects the impact of global mobility,
multilingualism and translations in shaping the current and future
course of modern Chinese literature.
The two-day meeting is jointly sponsored by Harvard University
and Yale University.
(CRI December 7, 2007)