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(Re)mapping Sinophone Literature

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Over at least three decades in the twentieth century, literature produced in the Sinophone communities outside China has been generally classified as either &t;haiwai huawen wenxue or &t;shijie huawen wenxue by critics and scholars in Taiwan and China alike. According to Dominic Cheung, categorized by language, rather than political entity, contemporary Sinophone writings concentrate mainly on four regions, namely, 1) Mainland China; 2) Taiwan; 3) Southeast Asia; and 4) Hong Kong and other overseas places (2003:13). Cheung, Shih Shu-mei, and David Der-wei Wang model their concepts of the Sinophone on the Francophone, Anglophone, and Hispanophone. Yus Three-World theory of Sinophone literature also suggests the concept of a literature of lesser diffusion. Sinophone Malaysian literature does not resist the position of Malaysian national literature. On the contrary, it is the state apparatus of Malaysian national literature that refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of Sinophone Malaysian literature as national literature.

Keywords: Anglophone; Dominic Cheung; Francophone; Sinophone Malaysian literature; twentieth century



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