English Translation of Liu Zhenyun’s Bestseller “Children of the Melon Eating Age” 吃瓜时代的儿女们

In 2017 Paper Republic selected Liu Zhenyun’s Chi gua shidai de ernumen 吃瓜时代的儿女们 as one of the best books in Chinese, noting: Following his previous award-winning books such as I Did Not Kill My Husband and A Word is Worth Ten Thousand Words, Liu Zhenyun’s new book continues his typical sick humour and absurdism. The lives of four unrelated strangers turn out to...

5 Essential Book for Performing Arts Studies

Here are five books that delve into feminism, gay rights, pedagogy, HIV/AIDS activism, and more while breaking new ground in performing arts studies (e.g., including previously unpublished plays, contextualizing the work of an acclaimed playwright in the history of gay American theater, and comprehensively detailing how women playwrights disrupted and created different kinds of femininity in the past century). 1....

MLA Prize: A History of Taiwan Literature

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Lupke (University of Alberta) on winning the Modern Language Association‘s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature for A History of Taiwan Literature by Yeh Shih-tao (Yè Shítāo 葉石濤)! The MLA committee’s citation about the book: “Ye Shitao’s ‘A History of Taiwan Literature’ is a seminal work in establishing 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...

5 Books on Monstrosity and the Supernatural

Here are five books that examine the monstrous, the uncanny, the magical, and the supernatural, and what these reveal about our own anxieties and feelings toward sexuality, rebellion, and historical traumas. Monster as War Machine by Professor Mabel Moraña In this book critical to those studying film and popular culture, Professor Mabel Moraña examines topics such as identity, hybridity, and...

12 Acclaimed Books on Taiwan Literature and Film

On October 10, President Tsai Ing-wen noted in her National Day address the record performance of Taiwan’s athletes, noting “We had waited so long for that moment, for Taiwan’s achievements, Taiwan’s confidence, and Taiwan’s courage to be seen and appreciated by the world.” This is not just in the athletic arena but in other areas such as arts and culture as...

Book Excerpt from From Rural China to the Ivy League by Yü Ying-shih (Chapter 1)

In his book From Rural China to the Ivy League: Reminiscences of Transformations in Modern Chinese History, published just a month after he passed away, Professor Yü Ying-shih recalls his childhood in China, showing how his love of learning and his exposure to the harsh realities of life both came early. The following is an excerpt from chapter 1 “Rural...

Book Excerpt from Mo Yan Speaks

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan, whose name literally means “don’t speak,” is renowned for his fiction, which includes The Garlic Ballads; Red Sorghum; Shifu, You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh; Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out; The Republic of Wine; and Big Breasts and Wide Hips (all translated into English by Professor Howard Goldblatt). Mo Yan’s fiction has captivated a global audience for years, and his speeches...

Book Excerpt from “Military Strategy for the 21st Century”

This book by Lieutenant General Charles Cleveland, Dr. Benjamin Jensen, Colonel Susan Bryant, and Lieutenant Colonel Arnel David calls for the rethinking of how the U.S. national security community approaches population-centric warfare and strategic competition in the 21st century. Strategic advantage in the 21st century will emerge from mapping human geography in a connected world, leveraging key relationships, and applying a...

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