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Carlos Rojas CV

Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
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Selected Publications


YAN LIANKE’S HETEROTOPIC IMAGINARIES

Chapter · January 1, 2023 A cancer village, an AIDS village, a rightist re-education camp during China’s Great Famine, and so forth - many of Yan Lianke’s fictional works revolve around remote communities that are comparatively isolated from mainstream Chinese society yet are defin ... Full text Cite

Untamed: Wilderness and Domestication in Zhang Guixing’s Elephant Herd

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2023 This essay uses a dialectics of wildness and domestication as a prism through which to examine the first work in Zhang Guixing’s informal rainforest trilogy, his 1998 novel Elephant Herd (Qunxiang). Focusing on Zhang’s engagement with issues of nature, col ... Full text Cite

Elephant Herd (An Excerpt)

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2023 Taken from the beginning of Zhang Guixing’s 1998 novel Elephant Herd (Qunxiang), this excerpt opens with a series of flashbacks to incidents that occurred when the narrator was six, seven, eight, and fourteen years old, respectively, focusing on the narrat ... Full text Cite

Heart and body: Queer crossings in Go Princess Go

Journal Article Journal of Chinese Cinemas · January 1, 2023 Based on an internet novel first released in 2008, the Chinese web series Go Princess Go 太子妃升職記 (2015–2016) takes a time-travel ‘crossover’ premise and uses it to explore a set of queer scenarios involving ‘crossovers’ of both gender and sexual orientation ... Full text Cite

Yingjin Zhang: Worlds of Literature

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2023 Through a consideration of the introductions that Yingjin Zhang wrote for the first and final solo-edited volumes of his career, China in a Polycentric World (1998) and A World History of Chinese Literature (2023), this essay examines some of the concerns ... Full text Cite

Future Imperfect: Using the Future to Critique the Present

Journal Article China Perspectives · January 1, 2023 Beginning with a discussion of Liang Qichao’s 1902 unfinished novel A Future History of New China, this article examines four twenty-first century science fiction works by Han Song, Liu Cixin, Chan Koonchung, and Hao Jingfang – arguing that each work uses ... Full text Cite

Becoming Semi-wild: Colonial Legacies and Interspecies Intimacies in Zhang Guixing’s Rainforest Novels

Journal Article Prism · September 1, 2022 This article borrows Juno Salazar Parreñas’s concept of the “semi-wild” as an entry point into an analysis of Malaysian Chinese author Zhang Guixing’s novels Elephant Herd (1998) and Monkey Cup (2000). Set in Sarawak, both works feature a relatively simple ... Full text Cite

Introduction: Worlds Built of Sand

Journal Article Prism · September 1, 2022 Opening with a discussion of Singaporean artist Charles Lim Yi Yong’s multiyear art project SEASTATE (2005–), this introduction uses Singapore’s recent land reclamation efforts to reflect on more general processes of world building in Sinophone Southeast A ... Full text Cite

Introduction: Ground and Background

Journal Article Prism · March 1, 2022 Full text Cite

THE OLD WOMAN WITH THE KNIFE

Journal Article NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW · 2022 Cite

PYRE

Journal Article NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW · 2022 Cite

STRANGERS I KNOW

Journal Article NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW · 2022 Cite

China in One Village: A Conversation on Literature and Translation in a Changing World

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2022 This discussion derives from a bilingual virtual panel held at the University of California, Irvine on June 9, 2021. In light of the English publication of Liang Hong’s China in One Village, this roundtable is organized to discuss the significance of this ... Full text Cite

Discourses of Disease: Representations of Cancer and Viral Infection in Contemporary China

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2022 Through a discussion of several recent novels by Hu Fayun, Bi Shumin, and Yan Lianke—including Hu’s 2005 novel Such Is ThisWorld@SARS.come(Ruyan@SARS.come); Bi’s 2003 novel Saving the Breast (Zhengjiu rufang) and her 2012 novel Coronavirus (Huaguan bingdu) ... Full text Cite

DIALECTICAL UTOPIANISM

Chapter · 2022 Cite

Touching Father: Sight, Sound, Touch, and Intermedial Intimacies

Chapter · January 1, 2022 Starting from a consideration of a 1997 performance titled “Touching Father" by the Beijing-based artist Song Dong, in which Song uses a video projection of his own hand to stroke his father’s face and torso, this article then three films from China, Hong ... Full text Cite

YAN LIANKE’S HETEROTOPIC IMAGINARIES

Chapter · January 1, 2023 A cancer village, an AIDS village, a rightist re-education camp during China’s Great Famine, and so forth - many of Yan Lianke’s fictional works revolve around remote communities that are comparatively isolated from mainstream Chinese society yet are defin ... Full text Cite

Untamed: Wilderness and Domestication in Zhang Guixing’s Elephant Herd

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2023 This essay uses a dialectics of wildness and domestication as a prism through which to examine the first work in Zhang Guixing’s informal rainforest trilogy, his 1998 novel Elephant Herd (Qunxiang). Focusing on Zhang’s engagement with issues of nature, col ... Full text Cite

Elephant Herd (An Excerpt)

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2023 Taken from the beginning of Zhang Guixing’s 1998 novel Elephant Herd (Qunxiang), this excerpt opens with a series of flashbacks to incidents that occurred when the narrator was six, seven, eight, and fourteen years old, respectively, focusing on the narrat ... Full text Cite

Heart and body: Queer crossings in Go Princess Go

Journal Article Journal of Chinese Cinemas · January 1, 2023 Based on an internet novel first released in 2008, the Chinese web series Go Princess Go 太子妃升職記 (2015–2016) takes a time-travel ‘crossover’ premise and uses it to explore a set of queer scenarios involving ‘crossovers’ of both gender and sexual orientation ... Full text Cite

Yingjin Zhang: Worlds of Literature

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2023 Through a consideration of the introductions that Yingjin Zhang wrote for the first and final solo-edited volumes of his career, China in a Polycentric World (1998) and A World History of Chinese Literature (2023), this essay examines some of the concerns ... Full text Cite

Future Imperfect: Using the Future to Critique the Present

Journal Article China Perspectives · January 1, 2023 Beginning with a discussion of Liang Qichao’s 1902 unfinished novel A Future History of New China, this article examines four twenty-first century science fiction works by Han Song, Liu Cixin, Chan Koonchung, and Hao Jingfang – arguing that each work uses ... Full text Cite

Becoming Semi-wild: Colonial Legacies and Interspecies Intimacies in Zhang Guixing’s Rainforest Novels

Journal Article Prism · September 1, 2022 This article borrows Juno Salazar Parreñas’s concept of the “semi-wild” as an entry point into an analysis of Malaysian Chinese author Zhang Guixing’s novels Elephant Herd (1998) and Monkey Cup (2000). Set in Sarawak, both works feature a relatively simple ... Full text Cite

Introduction: Worlds Built of Sand

Journal Article Prism · September 1, 2022 Opening with a discussion of Singaporean artist Charles Lim Yi Yong’s multiyear art project SEASTATE (2005–), this introduction uses Singapore’s recent land reclamation efforts to reflect on more general processes of world building in Sinophone Southeast A ... Full text Cite

Introduction: Ground and Background

Journal Article Prism · March 1, 2022 Full text Cite

THE OLD WOMAN WITH THE KNIFE

Journal Article NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW · 2022 Cite

PYRE

Journal Article NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW · 2022 Cite

STRANGERS I KNOW

Journal Article NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW · 2022 Cite

China in One Village: A Conversation on Literature and Translation in a Changing World

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2022 This discussion derives from a bilingual virtual panel held at the University of California, Irvine on June 9, 2021. In light of the English publication of Liang Hong’s China in One Village, this roundtable is organized to discuss the significance of this ... Full text Cite

Discourses of Disease: Representations of Cancer and Viral Infection in Contemporary China

Journal Article Chinese Literature and Thought Today · January 1, 2022 Through a discussion of several recent novels by Hu Fayun, Bi Shumin, and Yan Lianke—including Hu’s 2005 novel Such Is ThisWorld@SARS.come(Ruyan@SARS.come); Bi’s 2003 novel Saving the Breast (Zhengjiu rufang) and her 2012 novel Coronavirus (Huaguan bingdu) ... Full text Cite

DIALECTICAL UTOPIANISM

Chapter · 2022 Cite

Touching Father: Sight, Sound, Touch, and Intermedial Intimacies

Chapter · January 1, 2022 Starting from a consideration of a 1997 performance titled “Touching Father" by the Beijing-based artist Song Dong, in which Song uses a video projection of his own hand to stroke his father’s face and torso, this article then three films from China, Hong ... Full text Cite

At Home in the World: Wandering Earth, Environmentalism, and Reimagined Homelands

Journal Article Journal of Chinese Film Studies · November 1, 2021 Based on a 2000 novella by Cixin Liu with the same title, Frant Gwo's 2019 film Wandering Earth has been celebrated as China's first big-budget science fiction film. As a Chinese film with a global theme that simultaneously targets both a domestic and an i ... Full text Cite

Contagion and Dissemination An Immunological Reading of Chang Kuei-hsing's Elephant Herd

Journal Article Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities · July 1, 2021 Taking inspiration from Priscilla Wald's analysis of an influential contemporary "outbreak narrative"-and specifically a set of narratives that place the spread of infectious disease within a set of implicit North-South oppositions-this essay examines how ... Cite

2014 Nomination Statement

Journal Article Chinese Literature Today · January 1, 2021 Full text Cite

A Surplus of Fish: Language, Literature, and Cultural Ecologies in Ng Kim Chew’s Fiction

Journal Article International Journal of Taiwan Studies · January 1, 2021 This essay uses an examination of intertwined thematics of fish and text in the fiction of the ethnically Malaysian Chinese author Ng Kim Chew in order to reflect on a broader set of ecological concerns, including issues relating to the natural ecology of ... Full text Cite

Wandering the Garden, Waking from a Dream

Journal Article Chinese Literature Today · January 1, 2021 Through a comparative analysis of Yan Lianke’s The Day the Sun Died with James Joyce’s Ulysses and Lu Xun’s almost precisely contemporaneous collection Call to Arms, this essay considers the ways in which Yan Lianke’s novel uses motifs of death and “dreamw ... Full text Cite

Turning the Tables: Derrida, China, and the Asia Turn

Journal Article Diacritics · January 1, 2021 Full text Cite

“A new species” gender, sexuality, and taxonomic logics in sinophone communities

Journal Article Prism · October 1, 2020 Taking as its starting point Michel Foucault’s use of the biological species metaphor in his claim that, in nineteenth-century Europe, “the homosexual was now a new species,” this article considers the sudden explosion of homoerotic activities and cultural ... Full text Cite

Preface: Imagining China

Book · January 1, 2020 Cite

Introduction: My Language is not my own: Translation, displacement, and contemporary Chinese literature

Book · January 1, 2020 Using Derrida’s statement “I have only one language, but it is not mine, " from Monolingualism of the Other, as its entry point, this chapter examines the different conjunctions of language, nationality, culture, and ethnicity in works by five contemporary ... Full text Cite

Xiaolu guo’s i am China: On copulas and copulation

Chapter · January 1, 2020 This chapter examines themes of linguistic copulas and sexual copulation in Xiaolu Guo’s 2014 novel I Am China. In particular, the chapter uses these twin figures of copulas and copulation to consider the novel’s understanding of translation, as well as it ... Full text Cite

Reading China against the grain: Imagining communities

Book · January 1, 2020 Through an analysis of a wide array of contemporary Chinese literature from inside and outside of China, this volume considers some of the ways in which China and Chineseness are understood and imagined. Using the central theme of the way in which literatu ... Full text Cite

The “turn” turn

Journal Article Diacritics · January 1, 2020 Full text Cite

Cai Guo-Qiang

Journal Article Diacritics · January 1, 2020 Full text Cite

Black and White Swans: Pandemics, Prognostications, and Preparedness

Chapter · January 1, 2020 This essay examines why communities around the world have tended to respond relatively poorly and belatedly to the Covid pandemic-despite the fact that the likelihood of this sort of infectious outbreak had been widely recognized by public health experts, ... Full text Cite

Method as method

Journal Article Prism · October 1, 2019 Full text Cite

Translation as method

Journal Article Prism · October 1, 2019 Taking Lu Xun’s work as its starting point, this essay examines translation as a methodology for negotiating not between different languages or dialects but rather between different voices. To the extent that some fiction attempts to manifest the voices of ... Full text Cite

Of lice and men a parasitic reading of Jia Pingwa’s the lantern bearer

Journal Article Prism · March 1, 2019 Taking Jia Pingwa’s 2013 novel Daideng 帶燈 (The Lantern Bearer) as its focal point, this article considers a series of allusions to insects in this and other works. The article takes these references to insects in Jia’s literary publications as a starting p ... Full text Cite

THE "TURN" TURN

Journal Article DIACRITICS-A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM · 2019 Cite

Contradiction

Chapter · 2019 Cite

“A World Republic of Southern [Sinophone] Letters”

Journal Article Modern Chinese Literature and Culture · March 1, 2018 Cite

Language, ethnicity, and the politics of literary taxonomy: Ng Kim Chew and Mahua literature

Journal Article PMLA · October 1, 2016 Through an examination of short stories from the Malaysian Chinese author Ng Kim Chew's 2001 collection From Island to Island, this essay reflects on the taxonomic functions of criteria such as language, ethnicity, and nationality, particularly as they inf ... Full text Cite

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures

Book · August 2016 With over forty original essays, The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures offers an in-depth engagement with the current analytical methodologies and critical practices that are shaping the field in the twenty-first century. Divided into three sec ... Cite

Dream of the Red Chamber Internet Fan Fiction and Literary Canonicity

Journal Article Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art · May 1, 2016 This article considers the contemporary genre of Internet fan fiction inspired by Dream of the Red Chamber, which is to say Chinese novels published over the Internet that take the plot of Dream of the Red Chamber as their starting point. Through a close t ... Cite

Slow Boat to China and Other Stories

Book · March 8, 2016 In prose that is intimate and atmospheric, these stories, selected from several Ng Kim Chew collections, depict the struggles of individuals torn between their ancestral and adoptive homes, communities pressured by violence, and minority ... ... Cite

The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination by Haiyan Lee

Journal Article Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies · 2016 Full text Cite

Luoguan: Zhongguo xiandaixing de fansi 裸觀: 中國現代性的反思

Book · 2015 Chinese translation of The Naked Gaze ... Cite

Marrow

Book · 2015 Cite

Marrow

Book · 2015 Cite

Ng Kim Chew

Chapter · 2014 Cite

Mu Shiying

Chapter · 2014 Cite

Review of Jing Tsu, Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora

Journal Article American Historical Review · 2013 Cite

Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora.

Journal Article AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW · 2013 Full text Cite

China's Literary Nobel Complex is Defused

Journal Article The New Republic · October 11, 2012 Cite

Writing the Body

Chapter · 2012 Cite

Discourses of Disease

Journal Article Modern Chinese Literature and Culture · 2011 Guest editor, special issue ... Cite

Review of Shuang Shen, Cosmopolitian Publics: Anglophone Print Culture in Semi-Colonial Shanghai

Journal Article CLEAR (Chinese Literature, Essays, Articles, Reviews) · 2011 Cite

Introduction: "The Germ of Life"

Journal Article MODERN CHINESE LITERATURE AND CULTURE · 2011 Cite

Of Canons and Cannibalism: A Psycho-Immunological Reading of "Diary of a Madman"

Journal Article MODERN CHINESE LITERATURE AND CULTURE · 2011 Cite

Alai and the linguistic politics of internal Diaspora

Journal Article Chinese Overseas · January 1, 2010 Full text Cite

Obama's Majestic Shot at the Great Wal of China

Journal Article The Herald-Sun · November 28, 2009 Cite

Our Embrace of Vampires Reflects the Needs of an Age

Journal Article The Herald-Sun · November 20, 2009 Cite

Rethinking chinese popular culture: Cannibalizations of the canon

Book · December 8, 2008 Through analyses of a wide range of Chinese literary and visual texts from the beginning of the twentieth century through the contemporary period, the thirteen essays in this volume challenge the view that canonical and popular culture are self-evident and ... Full text Cite

The Politics of Secondary Virginity

Journal Article Litteraturmagasinet Standart · 2007 Cite

Wumingshi

Chapter · 2007 Cite

Li Yongping

Chapter · 2005 Cite

Gao Xingjian

Chapter · 2004 Cite

Chou Shu-jen

Chapter · 2004 Cite

Review of Xiaobing Tang, The Chinese Modern

Journal Article Journal of Asian Studies · 2003 Cite

Review of Liu Kang, Aesthetics and Marxism

Journal Article CLEAR (Chinese Literature Essays and Review) · 2001 Cite

Time and Temporality

Journal Article Frontiers of Literary Study in China Guest editor, special issue ... Cite