Category: Literary Studies

Book Excerpt: The Existentialist Vision of Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami has been accused of being little more than a popular writer. The Existentialist Vision of Haruki Murakami disproves this notion, showing the philosophical underpinnings of the Japanese writer’s fiction. In this excerpt, Professor Michael Ackland discusses how Murakami’s typical protagonists find themselves at a “developmental crossroad.” The novelist’s typical protagonist finds himself at a developmental crossroad. Essentially directionless,...

Book Review: “Insects in Chinese Literature” by Wilt Idema

“Insects in Chinese Literature will appeal to many audiences: entomologists and insect lovers will find it delightful, while specialists in Chinese literature will appreciate the copious notes and careful documentation of each text’s provenance. The works included will enrich both the Chinese and the comparative literature classroom. Quirky and eclectic, this anthology is full of unexpected charms. … the translations of...

Winner of MLA Award: “A History of Taiwan Literature” by Ye Shitao (translated by Christopher Lupke)

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Lupke (University of Alberta) for winning the MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature for his translation of A History of Taiwan Literature by Ye Shitao (Yeh Shih-tao 葉石濤)! The following is an excerpt from the introduction: Ye Shitao was born on November 1, 1925, in Tainan, Taiwan, the...

5 Critical Books for Latin American Literature Studies

Despite Latin American literature being widely known as a rich literary canon—or perhaps because it is such a rich literary canon—there are still works and aspects of Latin American literature that remain under-explored. Here are five books that bring critical works of Latin American literature to English-language audiences for the first time; break new ground in studying canonical Latin American...

Essential Books for Taiwan Studies

The following are essential books for Taiwan Studies. The first three have just been published in the new Literature from Taiwan Series, in collaboration with the National Museum of Taiwan Literature and National Taiwan Normal University. A Taiwanese Literature Reader edited by Nikky Lin According to Taiwanese writer and historian Ye Shitao (see next book), the development of Taiwanese literature...

Cambria Press Publication Review: Reading John Banville Through Jean Baudrillard

Congratulations to Professor Hedda Friberg-Harnesk on the outstanding review of her book Reading John Banville Through Jean Baudrillard in the journal Études Irlandaises, which praises the the book for being an “eloquent, thought-provoking study grants the reader a deeper insight into Banville’s bewitching ‘territory of mercurial instability.’” The review also notes that Hedda Friberg-Harnesk sheds new light on the fiction...

China Studies – 10 Important Books

Today on China’s National Day, we highlight books that have made important contributions to China studies. Below are ten books that have earned stellar reviews and should be in all China-studies library collections. Check to see if these titles are in your library. If not, please let your librarian know that there is a 25% discount on publisher-direct orders of all...

NYCAS 2019 Panel Chairs – Megan Ferry and Nicholas Kaldis

Two Cambria Press authors–Professor Megan Ferry and Professor Nicholas Kaldis–will be at the 2019 New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) at SUNY New Paltz.  Professor Megan Ferry (Union College), author of Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture will be chairing the panel “Between State And Populace, Chasing The China Dream” at the 2019 NYCAS conference on October 4, 2019. Professor Nicholas...

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