A World Republic of Southern [Sinophone] Letters

By Carlos Rojas

Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 30, no.1  (Spring 2018), pp. 42-62

An engagement with recent critical and fictional work by Ng Kim Chew, this essay also reexamines Pascale Casanova’s notion of world literature, and reflects on possible alternatives. In particular, the essay considers the way in which Ng uses the (sub)field of what he calls “southern Sinophone letters” (南方華文文學) to offer a different perspective not only on the category of world literature, but also of the world itself.