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Pearl S. Buck and the Chinese Novel - Yao Junwei (Nanjing University)

Yao Junwei

In her childhood Pearl S. Buck started to read Chinese works, the Chinese novel in particular, and those of Western authors, and as she grew up, she read them more extensively and intensively, which helped her become a writerly scholar of novel studies in the end. In her Nanking years (1919-1934), she published a number of articles and monographs on the Chinese novel in such renowned magazine as The Saturday Review of Literature. In these studies, Pearl S. Buck makes her observations on the Chinese novel by placing it in its own historical and cultural contexts so as to justify its own unique, though different, qualities, makes comparative studies between the Chinese novel and its English counterpart in an empathetic way, and demonstrates her intelligence de l’autre in building a cultural bridge between China and the West. Her endeavors and achievements in this field are still illuminating to the intercultural communication and the international comparative literature in its current development. 

Giovedì 8 NOVEMBRE ore 10,30
Polo MIC, Piazza Montanelli 1, Sesto San Giovanni - aula P3  
Yao Junwei is Professor of English of School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Nanjing Normal University, China, and was senior visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (2004). He published Cultural Relativism: Pearl S. Buck and Her Presentation of Chinese and Western Cultures (Southeast University Press, Nanjing, 2001),Selected Essays of Yao Junwei (Fudan University Press, Shanghai, 2007, and edited Pearl S. Buck on the Chinese Novel(Nanjing University Press, 2012). He is currently teaching an M. A. course “Pearl S. Buck Studies”, editing “Pearl S. Buck and Sino-US Cultural Exchanges”, a special column of Journal of Jiangsu University, and writing a monograph on Pearl S. Buck’s critical reception in China.
Organised with the support of Confucius Institute of the University of Milan.
08 novembre 2018
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