The Collapse of Heaven: The Taiping Civil War and Chinese Literature and Culture, 1850–1880

讲者: Huan Jin
地点: Room N401, NYU Shanghai New Bund Campus
Date & Time:
2024-5-6 | 17:30-19:00

The Collapse of Heaven investigates a long-neglected century in Chinese literature through the lens of the Taiping War (1851–1864), one of the most devastating civil wars in human history. With the war as the pivot, Huan Jin examines the manifold literary and cultural transformations that occurred from the 1850s to the 1880s. The book analyzes a wide range of writings—proselytizing pamphlets, diaries, poetry, a full-length novel, drama, and short stories—with a particular emphasis on the materiality of these texts as well as their production and dissemination. Tracing allusions to political turbulences across many genres, Jin discusses how late imperial Chinese literary and cultural paradigms began to unravel under conditions of extreme violence and tracks the unexpected reinventions of literary conventions that marked the beginning of Chinese literary modernity. In addition to making a significant contribution to Chinese studies, this book offers an important comparative perspective on the global nineteenth century and engages with broad scholarly discussions on religion, violence, narrative, history, gender, theater, and media studies.

Huan Jin is Assistant Professor in the Division of Humanities in The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where she teaches premodern and modern Chinese literature and culture with special focuses on literary adaptations and reinventions, the history of the book, and media studies. She is the author of numerous publications about the materiality of literature and cultural memories in late imperial China (roughly 1400–1911CE).

本次讲座主持为 Mengdie Zhao, Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow of Global China Studies, NYU Shanghai.



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