Literature in the Age of the Anthropocene

Gwennaël Gaffric, La Littérature à l’ère de l’Anthropocène. Une étude écocritique autour des œuvres de l’écrivain taïwanais Wu Ming-yi [Literature at the Age of Anthropocene: An Ecocritical Reading of Wu Ming-yi’s Works]
Foreword by Stéphane Corcuff
Asiathèque, Collection « Études formosanes »

Editor’s presentation:

Taking an ecocritical approach, Gwennaël Gaffric discusses in this book the literary treatment of ecological issues in Taiwan and beyond. He focuses his study on the works by Wu Ming-yi, a major figure in Taiwanese literary, artistic and militant scenes, but he seeks to expand his presentation by putting in perspective and dialogue texts from other contemporary Taiwanese authors, as well as reflections proposed by thinkers from several disciplines and all geographical horizons. He achieves an impressive synthesis, where ecology becomes an ontology of the relationship between humans and non-humans and an epistemological path to think the Anthropocene.

Literature at the Age of Anthropocene is not only the first monograph, in all languages, devoted to Wu Ming-yi and a reading guide on one of the most important Taiwanese author of the island and international literary scene, it is also destined to become a reference work about the question of what literature can do at the age of a globalized ecological crisis.

Gwennaël Gaffric (born in 1987) is assistant professor in Chinese language and literature at the University of Lyon (France). He is the author of several articles in French, English and Chinese on Chinese-language literature (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan). He is the director of the “Taiwan Fiction” collection series at l’Asiathèque. Among his translations: Membrane (Chi Ta-wei), The War of Bubbles (Kao Yi-feng), the Magician on the bridge (Wu Ming-yi)… His recent research focuses on contemporary Sinophone science fiction. As such, he is also the translator of Liu Cixin’s trilogy.

Editor’s link:

Gwennaël Gaffric (關首奇) <>

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