Hànyǔ fāngyán gòngtóng yīnxì yánjiū 汉语方言共同音系研究 [Research in the Common Phonology of the Chinese Dialects]
Nánjīng: Nánjīng dàxué chūbǎnshè 南京大学出版社, 2014.
By Gu Qian 顾黔 and Richard VanNess Simmons 史皓元.
This volume is a comprehensive and systematic presentation of data from 16 dialects within a comparative framework. The dialect data includes representative from Mandarin (Guānhuà), Jìn, Wú, Gàn, Xiāng, Kèjiā, Yuè, and Mǐn groups. The volume is organized as a syllabary by common phonological correspondences with a common dialect spelling (or “reconstruction”) provided for each morpheme represented in the system. The common forms serve as useful Romanized prototypes for all the relevant distinctions contained in the common dialect system. The volume thus is a useful reference for scholars of Chinese historical linguistics and traditional Chinese literature who seek a way to portray premodern Chinese phonology that is rooted in actual dialect pronunciations and not simply a formal rendering of traditional Qièyùn phonological categories.
Research in Tōng-Tài Dialect Phonology by Gu Qian
LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 84, LINCOM EUROPA academic publications, 2015.
Translated by Richard VanNess Simmons
This volume is an English translation of Tōng-Tài fāngyán yánjiū 通泰方言音韵研究 by Gù Qián 顾黔 2001 (Chinese monograph published by Nanjing University Press 南京大学出版社, 2001). The Tōng-Tài dialects are a branch of the Jiāng-Huái Mandarin dialects located in the Tàizhōu region on the northern side of the Yangtze watershed in Jiāngsū. Located just across the river from the Wú dialect region to the south, the Tōng-Tài dialects form the southernmost edge of the vast Mandarin dialect area to the north. The Tōng-Tài dialects are the most complex variety of Mandarin, evidencing characteristics of great value to the understanding of the history of Mandarin and Chinese dialect phonology. The present study is based on extensive fieldwork in the region and is the most comprehensive study of this dialect group available. It begins with a brief introduction to the dialect area's geography, population, and history, followed by an overview of historical studies of the Tōng-Tài dialects. The core of the book is a comparative synchronic and diachronic study of Tōng-Tài dialect phonology, including the initial consonants, main vowels and endings, tones, and rhyme structure. The book also contains a comprehensive presentation of the common Tōng-Tài phonological system, with reference to Middle Chinese and within the context of Mandarin in general. The Appendices to the volume provide a comprehensive inventory of Tōng-Tài morphosyllables as well as an extensive lexicon of forms and words unique to the Tōng-Tài dialects.
閱讀陶淵明 Reading Tao Yuanming
Taipei: Linking Press 聯經出版公司, 2014
Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013.
by Suzy Kim
Modernity with a Cold War Face: Reimagining the Nation in Chinese Literature across the 1949 Divide
Harvard University Asia Center, 2013
CALA Best Book Award 2014, Chinese American Librarians Association
The year 1949 witnessed China divided into multiple political and cultural entities. How did this momentous shift affect Chinese literary topography? Modernity with a Cold War Face examines the competing, converging, and conflicting modes of envisioning a modern nation in mid-twentieth century Chinese literature. Bridging the 1949 divide in both literary historical periodization and political demarcation, Xiaojue Wang proposes a new framework to consider Chinese literature beyond national boundaries, as something arising out of the larger global geopolitical and cultural conflict of the Cold War.
Examining a body of heretofore understudied literary and cultural production in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and overseas during a crucial period after World War II, Wang traces how Chinese writers collected artistic fragments, blended feminist and socialist agendas, constructed ambivalent stances toward colonial modernity and an imaginary homeland, translated foreign literature to shape a new Chinese subjectivity, and revisited the classics for a new time. Reflecting historical reality in fictional terms, their work forged a path toward multiple modernities as they created alternative ways of connection, communication, and articulation to uncover and undermine Cold War dichotomous antagonism.