Organized Panel Session
This panel seeks to reexamine the theoretical limits and possibilities of what it means to be Chinese in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, particularly as it manifests in literature, film, and popular culture. By situating the notion of Chineseness in the contexts of (anti-)globalization, emigration, diaspora, and multiculturalism, we attend to the historical and geopolitical contingencies that enable new ways of inhabiting Chineseness. How do expressions of ethnic identity complicate Han-centric narratives of what it means to be Chinese? What does it mean to write China from a position of national, linguistic, and cultural exile? Is it possible to express Chineseness in non-Sinitic linguistic forms? When we think beyond the limits of China and Sinophone Studies, what new vistas of Chineseness can we discover? From the poems and essays of the Misty Poet Yang Lian, to the Sino-Islamic longings of Hui-Muslim writer Zhang Chengzhi, and from legacy of Cantonese opera in Cuba to questions of identity and metafictionality in the Sino-Malay writings of Li Zishu, this panel expands the horizons of contemporary Chinese literary and cultural studies.