Book Reviews

This page contains links to book reviews published online by the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and the MCLC Resource Center. Since fall 2003, all MCLC book reviews have been published online and no longer in print format in the journal. Reviews are solicited by the MCLC Book Review Editors: Jason McGrath (film/media studies/drama); Nicholas Kaldis (literature studies); and Michael Berry (translations). To propose a book for review, contact the appropriate editor. Two copies of the book should be sent to the book review editor. Contact information for the editors and information on book review format can be found on the MCLC Submissions page. In addition to being published online, book reviews are disseminated on the MCLC LIST/BLOG.


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2017

Queer Marxism in Two Chinas, by Petrus Liu. Reviewed by Jia Tan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Revolution and Its Narratives: China’s Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966 , by Cai Xiang, edited and translated by Rebecca Karl and Xueping Zhong. Reviewed by Nicolai Volland (Pennsylvania State University)

Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution, edited by Jie Li and Enhua Zhang. Reviewed by Xing Fan (University of Toronto)

The Edge of Knowing: Dreams, History, and Realism in Modern Chinese Literature, by Roy Bing Chan. Reviewed by Laurence Coderre (New York University)

Iron Moon: An Anthology of Chinese Migrant Worker Poetry, edited by Qin Xiaoyu, tr. by Eleanor Goodman, and Iron Moon (the film), directed by Qin Xiaoyu and Wu Feiyue. Reviewed by Maghiel van Crevel (Leiden University)

Gender and Subjectivities in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature and Culture, by Ping Zhu. Reviewed by Yi Zheng (The University of New South Wales)

Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium, by Jin Liu. Reviewed by Lauren Gorfinkel (Macquarie University)

Popular Media, Social Emotion and Public Discourse in Contemporary China, by Shuyu Kong. Review by Hui Faye Xiao (University of Kansas)

Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature, by Brian Bernards. Review by Alison M. Groppe (University of Oregon)

2016

A Poetics of Translation: Between Chinese and English Literature, edited by David Jasper, Geng Youzhuang, and Wang Hai. Review by Joshua Fogel (York University)

The Chinese Political Novel: Migrations of a World Genre, by Catherine Vance Yeh. Review by Kenny Kwok-kwan Ng (City University of Hong Kong)

Sound Rising from the Paper: Nineteenth-Century Martial Arts Fiction and the Chinese Acoustic Imagination, by Paize Keulemans. Review by Mengjun Li (University of Puget Sound)

China’s Literary Cosmopolitans: Qian Zhongshu, Yang Jiang, and the World of Letters, edited by Christopher Rea. Review by Inhye Han (Humanities Korea Research Professor, Ewha Womans University)

Chen Hengzhe: A Life between Orthodoxies, by Denise Gimpel. Review by Megan M. Ferry (Union College)

The Sinophone Cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien: Culture, Style, Voice, and Motion, by Christopher Lupke. Reviewed by Frederik H. Green (San Francisco State University)

Sounding the Modern Woman: The Songstress in Chinese Cinema, by Jean Ma. Reviewed by Victor Fan (King’s College London)

A Modern Miscellany: Shanghai Cartoon Artists, Shao Xunmei’s Circle and the Travels of Jack Chen, 1926-1938, by Paul Bevan. Reviewed by John A. Crespi (Colgate University)

Visual Culture in Contemporary China: Paradigms and Shifts, by Xiaobing Tang. Reviewed by Wendy Larson (University of Oregon)

The Columbia Companion to Modern Chinese Literature, edited by Kirk A. Denton. Reviewed by Edward Mansfield Gunn (Cornell University)

Zhuangzi and Modern Chinese Literature, by Liu Jianmei. Reviewed by Carlos Yu-Kai Lin (University of Pennsylvania)

The Lost Geopoetic Horizon of Li Jieren: The Crisis of Writing Chengdu in Revolutionary China, by Kenny Kwok-kwan Ng. Reviewed by Yuehtsen Juliette Chung (National Tsing-hua University, Taiwan)

Pop Goes the Avant-Garde: Experimental Theatre in Contemporary China, by Rossella Ferrari. Reviewed by Claire Conceison (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination, by Haiyan Lee. Reviewed by Jonathan C. Stalling (University of Oklahoma)

Gao Xingjian’s Post-Exile Plays: Transnationalism and Postdramatic Theatre, by Mary Mazzilli. Reviewed by Todd J. Coulter (Colby College)

In the Land of the Eastern Queendom: The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border, by Tenzin Jinba. Reviewed by Timothy Thurston (Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

Print, Profit, and Perception: Ideas, Information and Knowledge in Chinese Societies, 1895-1949, edited by Pei-yin Lin and Weipin Tsai. Reviewed by Bert Scruggs (University of California, Irvine)

Eileen Chang’s Journey into Darkness: A Review of Naked Earth,” by Jiwei Xiao (Fairfield University)

Fiery Cinema: The Emergence of an Affective Medium in China, 1915-1945, by Weihong Bao. Reviewed by Jean Ma (Stanford University)

Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience, by Rey Chow. Reviewed by Andrea Riemenschnitter (University of Zurich)

Directory of World Cinema, China 2, edited by Gary Bettinson. Reviewed by Hongmei Yu (Luther College)

Last Words from Montmartre, by Qiu Miaojin, tr. by Ari Larissa Heinrich. Reviewed by Petrus Liu (Yale-NUS)

Li Ang’s Visionary Challenge to Gender, Sex, and Politics, edited by Yenna Wu. Reviewed by Chia-lan Sharon Wang (Feng Chia University)

Gao Xingjian’s Theatrical Portrayals of the Female Psyche: A Review of City of the Dead and Song of the Night.” Reviewed by Jianmei Liu (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Sinophone Malaysian Literature: Not Made in China, by Alison M. Groppe. Reviewed by Tzu-hui Celina Hung (NYU Shanghai)

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2015

The Three-Body Trilogy: The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, Death’s End, by Liu Cixin. Reviewed by Mingwei Song (Wellesley College)

Politics of Art: The Creation Society and the Practice of Theoretical Struggle in Revolutionary China, by Zhiguang Yin. Reviewed by Liang Luo (University of Kentucky)

My Tibetan Childhood: When Ice Shattered Stone, by Naktsang Nulo. Translated by Angus Cargill and Sonam Lhamo. Reviewed by Kevin Carrico (University of Oklahoma)

Dragon in Ambush: The Art of War in the Poems of Mao Zedong, by Jeremy Ingalls. Reviewed by Paul Manfredi (Pacific Lutheran University)

Tapestry of Light: Aesthetic Afterlives of the Cultural Revolution, by Yiju Huang. Reviewed by Rebecka Eriksson (Lund University)

Memory, Subjectivity, and Independent Chinese Cinema, by Qi Wang. Reviewed by Luke Robinson (University of Sussex)

Cultural and Social Transformations: Theoretical Framework and Chinese Context, edited by Cao Tianyu, Zhong Xueping, Liao Kebin, and Ban Wang. Reviewed by Xiaoning Lu (SOAS, University of London)

Modern “Archaics”: A New Look at the Poets of the “Old Schools” and their Successor: a review essay of Modern Archaics: Continuity and Innovation in the Chinese Lyric Tradition, 1900-1937,” by Shengqing Wu. Reviewed by Jon Eugene von Kowallis (University of New South Wales)

Literary Remains: Death, Trauma, and Lu Xun’s Refusal to Mourn, by Eileen J. Cheng. Reviewed by Yiju Huang (Fordham University)

From Ah Q to Lei Feng: Freud and Revolutionary Spirit in 20th Century China, by Wendy Larson. Reviewed by Ban Wang (Stanford University)

Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China, by Kirk A. Denton. Reviewed by Joseph R. Allen (University of Minnesota)

Translating Feminism in China: Gender, Sexuality and Censorship, by Zhongli Yu. Reviewed by Douglas Robinson (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951-1979, by Zhuoyi Wang. Reviewed by Jessica Ka Yee Chan (University of Richmond)

Rethinking the Zombie: Response to Joshua Fogel,” by Viren Murthy and Axel Schneider.

Visions of Dystopia in China’s New Historical Novels, by Jeffrey C. Kinkley. Reviewed by Michael S. Duke (emeritus University of British Columbia)

The Challenge of Linear Time: Nationhood and the Politics of History in East Asia. Edited by Viren Murthy and Axel Schneider. Reviewed by Joshua Fogel (York University)

Chinese Fiction Writers, 1900-1949 / 1950-2000 (Dictionary of Literary Biography). Edited by Thomas Moran / Thomas Moran and Ye (Dianna) Xu. Reviewed by Michael Hill (University of South Carolina)

Family Revolution: Marital Strife in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Visual Culture, by Hui Faye Xiao. Reviewed by Yipeng Shen (Trinity College)

Debating the Socialist Legacy and Capitalist Globalization in China, edited by Xueping Zhong and Ban Wang. Reviewed by Jie Lu (University of the Pacific)

Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Postcolonialism, by Ming Dong Gu. Reviewed by Gang Zhou (Louisiana State University)

Representing Empire: Japanese Colonial Literature in Taiwan and Manchuria, by Ying Xiong. Reviewed by Norman Smith (University of Guelph)

The Avant-garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics, by Liang Luo. Reviewed by Rossella Ferrari (SOAS, University of London)

Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine in the Struggle over Modernity in China, by Sean Hsiang-lin Lei. Reviewed by Emily E. Wilcox (University of Michigan)

The Chinese Prose Poem: A Study of Lu Xun’s Wild Grass (Yecao), by Nicholas A. Kaldis. Reviewed by John Crespi (Colgate University)

Lu Xun’s Revolution: Writing in a Time of Violence, by Gloria Davies. Reviewed by Eileen J. Cheng (Pomona College)

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2014

Tales of Future Past: Anticipation and the Ends of Literature in Contemporary China, by Paola Iovene. Reviewed by Nathaniel Kenneth Isaacson (North Carolina State University)

The Man with the Compound Eyes, by Wu Ming-yi. Reviewed by Corey Byrnes (Northwestern University)

From the Old Country: Stories and Sketches of China and Taiwan, by Zhong Lihe. Reviewed by John Balcom (Monterey Institute for International Studies)

Pluralist Universalism: An Asian Americanist Critique of U.S. and Chinese Multiculturalism, by Wen Jin. Reviewed by E. K Tan (Stony Brook University)

劉以鬯與香港現代主義 (Liu Yichang and Hong Kong Modernism)
Edited by Leung Ping-kwan et al. Reviewed by Au Chung-to (The Hong Kong Institute of Education)

Romancing the Internet: Producing and Consuming Chinese Web Romance
By Jin Feng. Reviewed by Heather Inwood (University of Manchester)

Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist. New Translations and an Appreciation
Edited and translated by Andrew David Field. Reviewed by Frederik H. Green (San Francisco State University)

Milestones on a Golden Road: Writing for Socialism, 1945-80
by Richard King. Reviewed by Roy Bing Chan (University of Oregon)

Modern Poetry in China: A Verbal-Visual Dynamic
by Paul Manfredi. Reviewed by Maghiel van Crevel (Leiden University)

A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture
by Barbara Mittler. Reviewed by Xueping Zhong (Tufts University)

Beyond Sinology: Chinese Writing and the Scripts of Culture
by Andrea Bachner. Reviewed by Edward McDonald (University of Sydney)

A Phone Call from Dalian
by Han Dong. Edited by Nicky Harmon. Trs. Nicky Harman, Maghiel van Crevel, Yu Yan Chen, Naikan Tao, Tony Prince, and Michael Day.Reviewed by Lucas Klein (The University of Hong Kong)

Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China
by Siyuan Liu. Reviewed by John B. Weinstein (Bard College at Simon’s Rock / Dean of Bard High School Early College—Newark)

寫在窗框的詭話 / The Uncanny on the Frame
by Esther M. K. Cheung. Reviewed by Lucas Klein (The University of Hong Kong)

Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry
edited by W. N. Herbert and Yang Lian, with Brian Holton and Qin Xiaoyu. Reviewed by Liansu Meng (University of Connecticut)

Lin Shu, Inc.: Translation and the Making of the Modern Chinese Culture
by Michael Gibbs Hill. Reviewed by Denise Gimpel (University of Copenhagen)

Excess and Masculinity in Asian Cultural Productions
by Kwai-Cheung Lo. Reviewed by Liansu Meng (University of Connecticut)

Modernity with a Cold War Face: Remimagining the Nation in Chinese Literature across the 1949 Divide
by Xiaojue Wang. Reviewed by Jeffrey C. Kinkley (St. John’s University, New York)

Lost in Transition: Hong Kong Culture in the Age of China
by Yui-Wai Chu. Reviewed by David Desser (Chapman University)

On Literary Worlds
by Eric Hayot. Reviewed by Nick Admussen (Cornell University)

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2013

Zhong Biao: The Universe of Unreality
by Gary Gang Xu. Reviewed by Paul Manfredi (Pacific Lutheran University)

Restless China
Edited by Perry Link, Richard Madsen, and Paul Pickowicz. Reviewed by R. Bin Wong (UCLA)

Gao Xingjian: Aesthetics and Creation
Tr. by Mabel Lee. Review by Kwok-kan Tam (Open University of Hong Kong)

Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China and Hong Kong, 1842-1943
By Emma Jinhua Teng. Reviewed by Beth Lew-Williams (Northwestern University)

The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory
Eds. Lydia Liu, Rebecca E. Karl, and Dorothy Ko. Reviewed by Tani Barlow (Rice University)

Literary Identity/Cultural Identity: Being Chinese in the Contemporary World.” Review essay by Arif Dirlik (Independent Scholar, Eugene, Or)

The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory
Eds. Lydia Liu, Rebecca E. Karl, and Dorothy Ko. Reviewed by Shaoling Ma (Penn State University)

Rethinking Chineseness: Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World
By E. K. Tan. Reviewed by Karen Thornber (Harvard University)

Stateless Subjects: Chinese Martial Arts Literature and Postcolonial History
By Petrus Liu. Reviewed by Paul B. Foster (Georgia Institute of Technology)

An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics
By Perry Link. Reviewed by David Porter (University of Michigan)

China and New Left Visions: Political and Cultural Interventions
Edited by Ban Wang and Jie Lu. Reviewed by Xiaobing Tang (University of Michigan)

Literature the People Love: Reading Chinese Texts in the Early Maoist Period (1949-1966)
By Krista Van Fleit Hang. Reviewed by Richard King (University of Victoria)

Revolution as Restoration: Guocui xuebao and China’s Path to Modernity, 1905-1911
By Tze-ki Hong. Reviewed by Peter Zarrow (Institute of Modern History, Academica Sinica)

Baudelaire in China: A Study in Literary Reception
By Gloria Bien. Reviewed by Nick Admussen (Cornell University)

Putting Hong Kong’s New Cultural Activism on the Literary Map: Review Essay
(review of books by Dung Kai-cheung and Leung Ping-kwan). By Sebastian Veg (French Centre of Research on Contemporary China)

A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Translation
by Jacob Edmond. Reviewed by Jonathan Stalling (University of Oklahoma)

The Flower Princess: A Cantonese Opera by Tong Dik Sang
Tr. by Bell Yung, with assistance from Sonia Ng and Katherine Carlitze. Reviewd by Liana Chen (George Washington University)

Human, Beasts, and Ghosts: Stories and Essays
Ed. Christopher Rea. Reviewed by Shuang Shen (Penn State University)

Winter Sun: Poems
by Shi Zhi. Tr. Jonathan Stalling. Reviewed by Birgit Linder (City University of Hong Kong)

Struggle and Symbiosis: The Canonization of the Poet Haizi and Cultural Discourses in Contemporary China
by Rui Kunze. Reviewed by Lucas Klein (City University of Hong Kong)

Eileen Chang: Romancing Languages, Cultures and Genres
Edited by Kam Louie. Reviewed by Rui Kunze (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

China and Orientalism: Western Knowledge Production and the P.R.C.
By Daniel Vukovich. Reviewd by Maggie Clinton (Middlebury College)

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2012

The Political Philosophy of Zhang Taiyan: The Resistance of Consciousness
By Viren Murthy. Reviewed by Hung-yok Ip (Oregon State University)

Paper Sons and Daughters: Growing up Chinese in South Africa
By Ufrieda Ho. Reviewed by Tu Huynh (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Rhodes University)

Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction
By Sabina Knight. Reviewed by Li-Hua Ying (Bard College)

The Chinese Translation of Russian Literature: Three Studies / The Reading of Russian Literature in China: A Moral Example and Manual of Practice.
By Mark Gamsa. Reviewed by Roy Chan (The College of William and Mary)

The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in a Changing World
By Ruru Li. Reviewed by Siyuan Liu (University of British Columbia)

Placing the Modern Chinese Vernacular in Transnational Literature
By Gang Zhou. Reviewed by Jon Eugene von Kowallis (University of New South Wales/University of Georgia)

The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories: Flash Fiction from Contemporary China
Edited and translated by Shouhua Qi. Reviewed by Jennifer Feeley (University of Iowa)

The Many Dimensions of Chinese Feminism
By Yachen Chen. Reviewed by Ming-Bao Yue (University of Hawaii)

No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems
By Liu Xiaobo. Edited by Perry Link, Tienchi Martin-Liao, and Liu Xia. Reviewed by Julia Lovell (University of London)

Translation Zones in Modern China: Authoritarian Command versus Gift Exchange
By Bonnie S. McDougall. Reviewed by Douglas Robinson (Lingnan University)

Over Autumn Rooftops: Poems of Haizi
Tr. Dan Murphy. Reviewed by Michelle Yeh (Univesity of California, Davis)

Touches of History: An Entry into ‘May Fourth’ China
By Chen Pingyuan. Trs. Michel Hockx, Maria af Sandeberg, Ugana Sze Pui Kwan, Christopher Neil Payne, and Christopher Rosenmeier. Reviewed by Tze-ki Hon (State University of New York at Geneseo)

Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-era China
By Xueping Zhong. Reviewed by Wei Yang (University of the South)

The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity
By Charles Laughlin. Reviewed by John A. Crespi (Colgate University)

Once on a Moonless Night
By Dai Sijie. Tr. by Adriana Hunter. Reviewed by Cecile Lagesse (Yale University)

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2011

Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity
By Steven G. Yao. Reviewed by Dian Li (University of Arizona)

New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: For the Public Record
Edited by Chris Berry, Lu Xinyu, and Lisa Rofel. Reviewed by Matthew D. Johnson (Grinnell College)

Brothers: A Novel
By Yu Hua. Trs. by Eileen Cheng-yin Chow and Carlos Rojas. Reviewed by Christopher Rea (University of British Columbia)

Configurations of the Real in Chinese Literary and Aesthetic Modernity
By Peter Button. Reviewed by Thomas Moran (Middlebury College)

Such Is This World@sars.come
By Hu Fayun. Tr. A. E. Clark. Reviewed by Brian Bernards (University of Southern California)

Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future
By Yibing Huang. Reviewed by Darryl Sterk (National Chung Cheng University)

Five Spice Street
By Can Xue. Trs. Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping. Reviewed by Rosemary Haddon (Massey University)

Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China
By Robin Visser. Reviewed by Paul Manfredi (Pacific Lutheran University)

Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950
By Haiyan Lee. Reviewed by Charles Laughlin (University of Virginia)

Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora
By Jing Tsu. Reviewed by Andrea Bachner (Pennsylvania State University)

Chinese Poetry in Times of Mind, Mayhem and Money
By Maghiel van Crevel. Reviewed by Christopher Lupke (Washington State University)

Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media
By Christopher Bush. Reviewed by Andrea Bachner (Pennsylvania State University)

Cosmopolitan Publics: Anglophone Print Culture in Semi-Colonial Shanghai
By Shuang Shen. Reviewed by Samuel Y. Liang (MIT)

Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan
By Andrew D. Morris. Reviewed by Kristin Stapleton (University of Buffalo)

Twentieth-Century Chinese Women’s Poetry: An Anthology
Edited and translated by Julia C. Lin. Reviewed by Yanhong Zhu (Washington and Lee University)

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2010

Text, Performance, and Gender in Chinese Literature and Music: Essays in Honor of Wilt Idema
edited by Maghiel van Crevel, Tian Yuan Tan, and Michel Hockx. Reviewed by Jie Guo (University of South Carolina)

Copyright Matters: Imitation, Creativity and Authenticity in Contemporary Chinese Literature
by Lena Henningsen. Reviewed by Krista Van Fleit Hang (University of South Carolina)

Gao Xingjian’s Idea of Theatre: From the Word to the Image
by Izabella Labdezka. Reviewed by Mary Mazzilli (SOAS, University of London)

Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange
by Alexander C. Y. Huang. Reviewed by Colin Mackerras (Griffith University)

Literary Societies of Republican China
edited by Kirk A. Denton and Michel Hockx. Reviewed by John Christopher Hamm (University of Washington).

Voices Carry: Behind Bars and Backstage during China’s Revolution and Reform
by Ying Ruocheng and Claire Conceison. Reviewed by Ross Terrill.

The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain
by Eric Hayot. Reviewed by Yingjin Zhang (University of California, San Diego)

My South Seas Sleeping Beauty: A Tale of Memory and Longing
by Zhang Guixing; trs. Valerie Jaffee. Reviewed by Pei-Yin Lin (University of Cambridge)

Remapping the Past: Fictions of History in Deng’s China, 1979-1997
by Howard Y. F. Choy. Reviewed by Andrew Stuckey (University of Colorado-Boulder)

Woman from Shanghai: Tales of Survival from a Chinese Labor Camp
by Yang Xianhui; trs. Wen Huang. Reviewed by Paul Foster (Georgia Institute of Technology)

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2009

Chinese Poetry of Bei Dao, 1978-2000: Resistance and Exile
by Dian Li. Reviewed by Paul Manfredi (Pacific Lutheran University)

Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai
by Wang Anyi; trs. Michael Berry and Susan Chan Egan. Reviewed by Michel Hockx (SOAS, University of London)

Literature, Modernity, and the Practice of Resistance: Japanese and Taiwanese Fiction, 1960-1990
by Margaret Hillenbrand. Reviewed by Bert Scruggs (University of California, Irvine)

Beijing Coma
by Ma Jian; trs. by Flora Drew. Reviewed by Shuyu Kong (Simon Fraser University)

Cultural Nostalgia: Regional Food Culture and the Urban Experience in Shanghai
by Mark Swislocki. Reviewed by Jin Feng (Grinnell College)

Banished! A Novel
by Han Dong; trs. by Nicky Harman. Reviewed by Mingwei Song (Wellesley College)

Running Mother and Other Stories
by Guo Songfen; trs. by John Balcom. Reviewed by Chien-hsin Tsai (University of Texas-Austin)

Wolf Totem
by Jiang Rong; trs by Howard Goldblatt. Reviewed by Howard Y. F. Choy (Wittenberg University)

Red-light Novels of the Late Qing
by Chloe F. Starr. Reviewed by John Christopher Hamm (University of Washingtion)

China’s Second World of Poetry: The Sichuan Avant-garde, 1982-1992
by Michael Day. Reviewed by Heather Inwood (The Ohio State University)

Mediasphere Shanghai: The Aesthetics of Cultural Production
by Alexander Des Forges. Reviewed by Chris Berry (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement
by Xiaobing Tang. Reviewed by James Flath (Western Ontario University)

New Perspectives on Contemporary Chinese Poetry
edited by Christopher Lupke. Reviewed by Maghiel van Crevel (Leiden University)

The Party and the Arty in China: The New Politics of Culture
by Richard Curt Kraus. Reviewed by Matthew D. Johnson (University of Oxford)

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2008

Shanghai and the Edges of Empire
by Meng Yue. Reviewed by Alexander Des Forges (University of Massachusetts-Boston)

A History of Contemporary Chinese Literature
by Hong Zicheng. Tr. by Michael M. Day. Reviewed by Edward Gunn (Cornell University)

Fragmentary Modernism: Amie Parry and Jiayan Mi on Modernism in Chinese Poetry and Beyond
Reviewed by Paul Manfredi (Pacific Lutheran University)

Visuality and Identity: Sinophone Articulations Across the Pacific
by Shu-mei Shih. Reviewed by Sheldon Hsiao-peng Lu (University of California, Davis).

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2007

Resisting Manchukuo: Chinese Women Writers and the Japanese Occupation
by Norman Smith. Reviewed by Heng hsing Liu (National Chi Nan University)

Wang in Love and Bondage: Three Novellas by Wang Xiaobo
trs. by Hongling Zhang and Jason Sommer. Reviewed by Wendy Larson (University of Oregon)

Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History
ed. by David Der-Wei Wang and Carlos Rojas. Reviewed by Pei-Yin Lin (Cambridge University)

Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space
by Wu Hung. Reviewed by Robin Visser (University of North Carolina)

Taiwan Film Directors: A Treasure Island
by Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh and Darrell William Davis. Reviewed by James Tweedie (University of Washington)

Buiding a New China in Cinema: The Chinese Left-Wing Cinema Movement, 1932-1937
by Laikwan Pang. Reviewed by Shaoyi Sun (Shanghai University)

Zhou Mengdie’s Poetry of Consciousness
by Lloyd Haft. Reviewed by Christopher Lupke (Washington State University)

Cultural Control and Globalization in Asia: Copyright, Piracy, and Cinema
By Laikwan Pang. Reviewed by Shujen Wang (Emerson College)

Sherlock in Shanghai: Stories of Crime and Detection by Cheng Xiaoqing
Tr. by Timothy C. Wong. Reviewed by Alexander Des Forges (University of Massachusetts–Boston)

Republican Beijing: The City and Its Histories
by Madeleine Yue Dong. Reviewed by Timothy B. Weston (University of Colorado)

I Love Dollars and Other Stories of China
by Zhu Wen; tr. by Julia Lovell. Reviewed by Jason McGrath (University of Minnesota)

From Wenhua to Wenhua Chanye: A Review of Culture in the Contemporary PRC,”
by Hai Ren (University of Arizona)

Significant Other: Staging the American in China
by Claire Conceison. Reviewed by Siyuan Liu (University of Pittsburgh)

Eileen Chang’s Poetics of the Social: Review of Love in a Fallen City.”
Tr. by Karen Kingsbury. Reviewed by Haiyan Lee (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Selected Essays of Zhou Zuoren
Tr. by David E. Pollard. Reviewed by Georges Bê Duc (INALCO, Paris)

Orphan of Asia by Wu Zhuoliu. Tr. by Ioannis Mentzas. Reviewed by Leo Ching (Duke University)

Between Discourse and Social Reality: The Early Chinese Press in Recent Publications: Review Essay,” by Barbara Mittler (University of Heidelberg). Reviews of Xiaoqing Ye, The Dianshizhai Pictorial: Shanghai Urban Life, 1884-1898 (2003); Andrea Janku, Nur leere Reden. Politischer Diskurs und die Shanghaier Press im China des späten 19. Jahrhunderts (2003); and Natascha Vittinghoff, Die Anfänge des Journalismus in China (1860-1911) (2002).

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2006

Bringing the World Home: Appropriating the West in Late Qing and Early Republican China
by Theodore Huters. Reviewed by Bonnie S. McDougall (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Hitchcock with a Chinese Face: Cinematic Doubles, Oedipal Triangles, and China’s Moral Voice
by Jerome Silbergeld. Reviewed by Robert Chi (State University of New York at Stony Brook)

Narrating China: Jia Pingwa and His Fictional World
by Yiyan Wang. Reviewed by Robin Visser (University of North Carolina).

Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy: The Genesis of China’s Fifth Generation
by Ni Zhen. Tr. by Chris Berry. Reviewed by Michael Berry (University of California, Santa Barbara)

My Life as Emperor
by Su Tong. Tr. by Howard Goldblatt. Reviewed by Rong Cai (Emory University)

War Trash: A Novel
by Ha Jin. Reviewed by Timothy C. Wong (Arizona State University)

The Monster That Is History: History, Violence, and Fictional Writing in Twentieth-Century China
by David Der-wei Wang. Reviewed by C. D. Alison Bailey (University of British Columbia)

The Great Wall of Confinement: The Chinese Prison Camp in Contemporary Fiction and Reportage
by Philip F. Williams and Yenna Wu. Reviewed by Maghiel van Crevel (Leiden University)

Retribution: The Jiling Chronicles
by Li Yung-p’ing. Tr. by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin. Columbia University Press, 2003. Reviewed by Lingchei Letty Chen (Washington University)

The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism
by Tani E. Barlow. Duke Univesity Press, 2004. Reviewed by Megan M. Ferry (Union College)

One China, Many Paths
edited by Chaohua Wang. Verso, 2003. Reviewed by Ban Wang (Rutgers University)

Paper Swordsmen: Jin Yong and the Modern Chinese Martial Arts Novel
by John Christopher Hamm. University of Hawaii Press, 2005. Reviewed by Paul B. Foster(Georgia Institute of Technology)

The Invention of a Discourse: Women’s Poetry from Contemporary China
by Jeanne Hong Zhang. CNWS Publications, 2004. Reviewed by Paul Manfredi (Pacific Lutheran University)

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2005

Projecting a Nation: Chinese National Cinema Before 1949
by Jubin Hu. Hong Kong University Press, 2003. Reviewed by Zhen Zhang (New York University)

Wong Kar-Wai’s Ashes of Time
by Wimal Dissanayake. Hong Kong University Press, 2003. Reviewed by John Christopher Hamm (University of Washington)

A Bilingual Edition of Poetry out of Communist China
by Huang Xiang. Tr. by Andrew Emerson. Edwin Mellen Press, 2004. Reviewed by Dian Li (University of Arizona)

Big Breasts and Wide Hips
by Mo Yan. Tr. by Howard Goldblatt. Arcade Publishing, 2004. Reviewed by Kenny Ng (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Stone Turtle
by Mai Mang. Tr. by Mai Mang. Godavaya, 2005. Reviewed by Paul Manfredi (Pacific Lutheran University)

Red Poppies: A Novel of Tibet
by Alai, Tr. by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin. Houghton Miflin, 2002. Reviewed by Gang Yue (University of North Carolina)

Figments of the Supernatural
by Chi Zijian. Tr. by Simon Patton. James Joyce Press, 2004. Reviewed by Wang Ping (University of New South Wales)

The Protestant Ethnic and the Spirit of Capitalism
by Rey Chow. Columbia University Press, 2002. Reviewed by Sean Metzger (Duke University)

The Making and Selling of Post-Mao Beijing
by Anne-Marie Broudehoux. Routledge Press, 2004. Reviewed by Daniel Benjamin Abramson (University of Washington)

Good-bye Mr. Nixon: A Review of A Private Life,”
by Chen Ran. Tr. by John Howard-Gibbon. Columbia University Press, 2004. Reviewed by Larissa Heinrich(University of Michigan)

Cinema and Desire: Feminist Marxism and Cultural Politics in the Work of Dai Jinhua
by Dai Jinhua. Eds. Jing Wang and Tani E. Barlow. Verso, 2002. Reviewed byMegan Ferry (Union College)

Multiple Modernities: Cinemas and Popular Media in Transcultural Asia
Ed. Jenny Kwok Wah Lau. Temple University Press, 2003. Reviewed by Joelle Collier (College of Santa Fe)

Marrow of the Nation: A History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China
by Andrew D. Morris. University of California Press, 2004. Review by Denise Gimpel(University of Denmark)

Gutenberg in Shanghai: Chinese Print Capitalism, 1876-1937
by Christopher A. Reed. University of British Columbia Press, 2004. Reviewed by Rudolf Wagner(University of Heidelberg) [Response to Wagner’s review by Christopher A. Reed]

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2004

Questions of Style: Literary Societies and Literary Journals in Modern China, 1911-1937
by Michel Hockx. Brill Academic Publishers, 2003. Reviewed by Edward M. Gunn (Cornell University)

Chinese Reportage: The Aesthetics of Historical Experience
by Charles Laughlin. Duke University Press, 2002. Reviewed by Susan Daruvala (Cambridge University).

Stories for Saturday: Twentieth-Century Chinese Popular Fiction
edited and translated by Timothy C. Wong. University of Hawai’i Press, 2003. Reviewed by John Christopher Hamm (University of Washington).

The Chinese Postmodern: Trauma and Irony in Chinese Avant-Garde Fiction
by Xiaobin Yang. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002. Reviewed by Wendy Larson (University of Oregon).

China’s New Voices: Popular Music, Ethnicity, Gender and Politics, 1978-1997
by Nimrod Baranovitch. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Reviewed byBarbara Mittler (University of Heidelberg).

Acting the Right Part: Political Theater and Popular Drama in Contemporary China
by Xiaomei Chen. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2002. Reviewed by Ruru Li (University of Leeds).

The True Story of Lu Xun
by David E. Pollard. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2002. Reviewed by Nick Kaldis (Binghamton University).

The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature
edited by Joshua Mostow; associate editors Kirk A. Denton, Bruce Fulton, Sharalyn Orbaugh. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. Reviewed by Margaret Hillenbrand (SOAS, University of London).

To Live and Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
by Yu Hua. To Live. Tr. by Michael Berry (New York: Anchor Books, 2003); Chronicle of a Blood Merchant. Tr. Andrew F. Jones (New York: Pantheon Books, 2004). Reviewed by Richard King (University of Victoria).

Reading the Right Text: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama
edited by Xiaomei Chen. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2003. Reviewed by John Yu Zou (Bates College).

The Chinese Essay
edited and translated by David E. Pollard. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. Reviewed by Charles Laughlin (Yale University).

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