The Newsletter 66 Winter 2013

The Sinophone: not from China, but in Chinese

Antonio Paoliello

Reviewed publication:
Shih, S., Chien-hsin Tsai and Brian Bernards, eds. 2013. Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader. New York: Columbia University Press. 472 pp. ISBN 978-0-231-15751-3 (paperback)

A decade ago Sinophone studies emerged as a new academic field within the humanities, with several scholars from North America, Europe as well as Asia engaging in research on Sinitic-language cultural production through the lens of this novel and multidisciplinary mode of inquiry. For those who are interested in the study of Sinitic-language cultures from beyond the borders of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as in the production of non-Han artists from within the PRC who express themselves in a Sinitic language, this critical reader edited by Shu-mei Shi, together with Chien-hsin Tsai and Brian Bernards, represents a milestone in the systematization of the Sinophone.

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