The third distinguished scholar in our 2015 lecture series on China will be Professor Zhang Longxi, currently Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation at City University of Hong Kong.
ZHANG Longxi is a leading scholar in East-West cross-cultural studies. He holds an MA from Peking University and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He has taught at Harvard and the University of California, Riverside and is an elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, a foreign member of Academia Europaea, a member of the Executive Council of the International Comparative Literature Association, and an Advisory Editor of New Literary History.
His talk entitled Re-conceptualizing China in our Time:From a Chinese Perspective will take place on Tuesday 28 April from 17.30 in the first floor Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square, EH8 9JY.
China, as a concept, has not been put under much scrutiny and challenge until the recent post-modern and post-colonial theoretical discourse on nation and nationhood, and the radical scepticism about tradition and homogeneity. Some scholars have questioned whether China could have been a nation state before there was any nation state in Europe, and others have challenged the very notions of China and Chinese-ness.
How do the Chinese themselves respond to such scepticism and challenge? How does one re-conceptualize China at the present time? By drawing on recent debates on such important issues, this lecture tries to find some answers and offers some views from a Chinese perspective, while fully engaging Western theoretical discourses to attempt at an international dialogue and meaningful exchange.
His major book publications include The Tao and the Logos: Literary Hermeneutics, East and West (Durham: Duke University Press, 1992); Mighty Opposites: From Dichotomies to Differences in the Comparative Study of China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998); Out of the Cultural Ghetto (Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2000; Beijing: Joint Publishing Co., 2004, in Chinese); Allegoresis: Reading Canonical Literature East and West (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005); Unexpected Affinities: Reading across Cultures (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007); An Introduction to Comparative Literature (Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2009, in Chinese); A Spiritual Epic: Paradise Lost (Taipei: Net and Books, 2010, in Chinese); A Collection of Thirty Essays (Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2011, in Chinese); Hermeneutics and Cross-Cultural Studies (Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2014, in Chinese); and most recently, From Comparison to World Literature (Albany: SUNY Press, 2015).