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2021 Midwest Forum on Chinese Literature & Culture - Andrew F. Jones “Hei Ying’s Pagan Love Song”
This talk explores the peripatetic life and work of the 1930s Shanghai modernist writer Hei Ying. The formal experimentation and musicality of his writing — and especially his engagement with Hollywood cinema and the globally circulating popular music of Hawai'i — allow us to chart the complex material and media circuits out of which Chinese modernism emerged, displacing narratives that postulate Shanghai as the center of modernist literary production. Yet Hei Ying's tropical origins in Dutch Sumatra, his travels along colonial-era steamship lines, and his postwar fate in new China also have much to tell us about the centripetal lure of the nation-state in an age of colonial displacement.

This event is part of the 2021 Midwest Forum on Chinese Literature co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University, with support from the Department of Education Title VI Program.

Nov 11, 2021 10:30 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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