Dear Forum friends, I am pleased to share “Critical Theory and Pre-Modern Chinese Literature”, the newest issue of the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (9:1), edited by Stephen Roddy and Zong-qi Cai.

Contributors to this special issue evaluate the influence of Western critical theory on the development of Chinese literary studies since the mid-twentieth century. By examining the development of hermeneutic systems such as gender studies, semiotics, cultural studies, and space theory, the authors discuss the possibility of modern critical discourse intervening in the study of ancient Chinese literature and culture.

Contributors to this issue are Alexander Des Forges, Grace S. Fong, Martin Kern, Lucas Klein, Xinda Lian, Manling Luo, Christopher M. B. Nugent, Stephen J. Roddy, Patricia Sieber, and Paula Varsano.

Browse the table of contents and read the introduction, made freely available, here: The issue is available for purchase here:

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This issue will be availableat Project MUSE soon.  — Zong-qi Cai