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396. Chinese Narrative, World Literature: The Appeal and the Peril of Being Worldly

Thursday, 7 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Aspen, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Jiwei Xiao, Fairfield Univ.

Speakers: Xiaomei Chen, Univ. of California, Davis; Ya-Chen Chen, Clark Univ.; Eric R. J. Hayot, Penn State Univ., University Park; Wendy Larson, Univ. of Oregon; Jie Lu, Univ. of the Pacific; Xin Ning, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick; Jiwei Xiao

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Session Description:

Starting from the premise that all literatures today are more or less part of the larger international system, borrowing and loaning at the same time, this panel addresses one of the central issues concerning world literature, the inequalities of being worldly, by thinking through the position and role of modern Chinese narrative within world literature today.


  • General Literature – Literary Criticism and Theory

  • Asian Literatures

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