Detail from illustration from 1886 edition of Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, Pu Songling (1640-1715)
Thursday 6 April 2017 at 6pm
The University Club of WA Auditorium
World literature was long defined in the English speaking world as an established canon of European masterpieces, but an emerging global perspective has challenged this European focus. Now it is better understood as literature that has travelled, and been translated, from its original source.
This China in Conversation teases out from an Australian and Chinese perspective the issues surrounding interpreting and reading world literature: from the classics of Chinese literature to J.M.Coetzee’s works that travel from South Africa to Australia and translate to Chinese readers; from the controversial novels of author Yu Hua to Nobel Prize recipient Mo Yan.
Join in the conversation and discuss what is lost and gained in globalised literature.
Professor Wang Jinghui is the Deputy Director of Australian Studies Centre, Professor of Comparative Literature and World Literature, Head of the Discipline of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University. She specializes in Australian Studies, Intercultural Communication and World Literature. Her book publications include Foreigner Forever: On J.M. Coetzee (Peking University Press, 2010) and a dozen other books on English Language learning and academic writing. She is also a translator of several books on cultural studies and Chinese arts, such as J.M. Coetzee: A Life in Writing (2017), John Docker’s Postmodernism and Popular Culture (2010), J M Coetzee’s Foe (2008), Agatha Christie’s Lord Edgeware Dies (1997), and The Art of Chinese Couplets (in English)(2016).
Professor Nicholas Jose is Professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide. He is an Australian author best-known for his fiction and cultural essays. His seven novels and three collections of short stories include Bapo, Paper Nautilus, The Red Thread and Original Face. His acclaimed memoir Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola appeared in 2002. He was general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009) and has written widely on contemporary Australian and Asian art and literature. Jose was Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, 2009-10, and is an adjunct professor with the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. He was Chair of Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide from 2005-2008.
Presented by the Confucius Institute in partnership with the Westerly Centre
and The Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia.
Top: Professors Wang and Jose in conversation with an audience member.
Centre: Professor Wang, Professor Jose and Chair, Professor Philip Mead from the Westerly Centre.
Bottom: Chinese Literature and World Literature: Views from the South at UWA Club, 6 April 2017.