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East Asian Francophone Writers and Racialized Aesthetics? Gao Xingjian and Aki Shimazaki

Li, Xiaofan Amy (2019) East Asian Francophone Writers and Racialized Aesthetics? Gao Xingjian and Aki Shimazaki. Esprit Createur, 59 (2). pp. 134-149. ISSN 0014-0767. (doi:10.1353/esp.2019.0021) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

East Asian francophone writers form an important emerging body of literature that goes beyond the postcolonial francophonie and poses questions about interpretive approaches to migrant writers of minority ethnicities. This article takes as case studies the Chinese-French writer Gao Xingjian and the Japanese-Québecois writer Aki Shimazaki, and explores the connection between aesthetics and the question of race in their works. By focusing on the notion of universality in Gao’s ‘la littérature froide’ and Shimazaki’s pentalogy Le poids des secrets, the article argues that the two writers’ transcultural aesthetics is a site of tension between universalizing interpretations that transcend race and cultural specificity and racializing views that relativize the meaning of universality.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1353/esp.2019.0021
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern Languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN851 Comparative Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Xiaofan Amy Li
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2019 17:26 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 10:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71737 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Li, Xiaofan Amy: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8053-9927
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