Women’s Literary Production and the Publishing Industry–cfpp

Below, please find the seminar proposal for a panel on “Women’s Literary Production and the Publishing Industry in Modern China” at the American Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Meeting March 16-19, 2023 in Chicago. To submit a paper for the seminar, please visit the ACLA website. Please e-mail me (xliu@butler.edu) with questions or for more information. Paper proposals are due by October 31.

Publishing, with its cultures and related activities, and with its changing technicity, is a multifaceted phenomenon in modern China. It is commercial and profit-seeking. Meanwhile, it often carefully maintains its public resistant stance against commercial interests and grooms its long-standing support to various literary and artistic causes. It is patriarchal, as it is mostly male-dominant. Yet, it also shows support in varying forms to women writers and provides space for their literary activities in the changing socio-economic environments and techno-material conditions. These complexities in printing and circulation inevitably play into the writing of modern Chinese women writers.

This panel would like to explore the complicated relationship between the print media and modern Chinese women writers to see how the former both facilitates and also constrains and regulates the latter. The time period covered ranges from the early twentieth century to the present. We would like to invite you to share your thoughts on the following questions: Did the printing industry help the first generation of professional female writers in modern China gain and strengthen their subjectivity, or did it use and exploit their writing as cultural commodities? What were the roles of male intellectuals in the literary production of female writers and the circulation of their works? How did women writers in the socialist time period experience the nation-state and gender equality as well as the enjoinment and incongruities between the two? How do the current female cyber authors avail the new online media platforms both to explore their gender identities and to conduct writing experiments? We welcome interested scholars to submit your proposals to join our discussion.


Posted by: Xiaoqing Liu <GREEN03@HOTMAIL.COM>

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