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Global Vision And Locatedness: World Literature In Chinese/By Chinese (Shijie Huawen/Huaren Wenxue 世界華文/華人文學) From A Chinese-Americanist Perspective

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This chapter examines Sinophone literature outside China in the context of China's preoccupation with quanqiu. It consists of four loosely articulated parts. The first part is a parabolic reading of a short story, Bali laike (The Visitor from Paris), by a mainland-origin writer now resides in the United States, Wang Ruiyun. The second part comprises of three parts namely genocentrism, translocalism, and racinationism, which attempts to understand a migrants relationship to the place of origin in this era of worldwide population mobility and dispersal. In the third part, the author argues that what appears to be global vision may in fact be colored heavily by genocentric concerns and compromised by an excessive preoccupation with visibility before a validating yet agency-draining audience. The fourth part analyzes the notion of global vision as seen in certain literary criticism on Sinophone Chinese American literature produced in Chinese.

Keywords: genocentrism; Sinophone Chinese American literature; Wang Ruiyun



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