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Dr Fang-Long Shih

Re-writing Culture in Taiwan

                  Edited by Fang-Long Shih, Stuart Thompson, Paul-François Tremlett

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Published by Routledge, 5 November 2008
Hardback: ISBN 978-0-415-46666-0
  Paperback: ISBN 978-0-415-60293-8
Electronic: ISBN 978-0-203-88835-3

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"Each chapter is exceptionally well articulated, full of important insights, and presents a profoundly interesting range of issues relating to Taiwan's historical and cultural change. For these reasons, the volume stands out as an important contribution to Taiwan Studies." -- Marc L. Moskowitz, China Quarterly, June 2009.

"The wide variety of perspectives for comparative research offered here will certainly serve as a valuable resource for students and researchers, not only in the area of Taiwan Studies, but also in the spheres of anthropology and social science in general." -- Jens Damm, China Perspectives, 2009 (3)

"An extremely welcome addition to the existing academic literature on contemporary Chinese art... A persuasive starting point for a wider ranging discussion of the power/knowledge relations embedded in similarly nationalist/essentialist views of Chinese national cultural identity on the mainland; one that many scholars of contemporary Chinese art would be well advised to take more fully into account." -- Paul Gladston, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, January/February 2010

This inter-disciplinary volume of essays opens new points of departure for thinking about how Taiwan has been studied and represented in the past, for reflecting on the current state of 'Taiwan Studies', and for thinking about how Taiwan might be re-configured in the future.

As the study of Taiwan shifts from being a provincial back-water of sinology to an area in its own (albeit not sovereign) right, a combination of established and up and coming scholars working in the field of East Asian studies offer a re-reading and re-writing of culture in Taiwan. They show that sustained critical analysis of contemporary Taiwan using issues such as trauma, memory, history, tradition, modernity, post-modernity provides a useful point of departure for thinking through similar problematics and issues elsewhere in the world.

Re-writing Culture in Taiwan is a multidisciplinary book with its own distinctive collective voice which will appeal to anyone interested in Taiwan. With chapters on nationalism, anthropology, cultural studies, media studies, religion and museum studies, the breadth of ground covered is truly comprehensive.

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Introduction: re-writing culture on Taiwan
Paul-François Tremlett
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

1. Re-writing religion: questions of translation, context, and location in the writing of religion in Taiwan
Fang-long Shih
London School of Economics, University of London, UK

2. Re-riting death: secularism and death-scapes in Taipei
Paul-François Tremlett
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

3. Writing indigeneity in Taiwan
Scott Simon
University of Ottawa, Canada

4. Re-writing museums in Taiwan
Edward Vickers
Institute of Education, University of London, UK

5. Re-writing language in Taiwan
Henning Klöter
National Taiwan Normal University

6. Writing Taiwan's nationhood: language, politics, history
Mark Harrison
University of Tasmania, Australia

7. Re-writing cinema: markets, languages, cultures in Taiwan
Chris Berry
Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

8. Re-writing art in Taiwan: secularism, universalism, globalization, or modernity and the aesthetic object
Felix Schoeber
University of Westminster, UK

9. Re-writing education: 'learning to be Taiwanese'?
Stuart Thompson
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Stephan Feuchtwang
London School of Economics, University of London, UK