Taiwan Lit

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The Archive stores our past newsletters, in which you can view contents from all the back issues by clicking on the enclosed table of contents.


Taiwan Lit
March 6, 2021

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Taiwan Lit!

We are excited to circulate Calls for Submissions for two new series in our journal’s Special Topic section. These series are guest-edited by Laura Jo-Han Wen and Mao-shan Huang, respectively, on the following themes: “Taiwan in Visual Culture and Transmedia Representations” and 「《侯孝賢的凝視:抒情傳統、文本互涉與文化政治》書評論壇」.

As we continue developing and improving, we have recently added two new pages to the Taiwan Lit website, “Contributors” and “Archive.” You may now access a contributor’s bio either through the navigation panel or by clicking on the author’s name at the top of the posts. The “Archive” stores our past newsletters, in which you can view the tables of contents from all the back issues.

Yours truly,

Taiwan Lit Editorial Team


Taiwan Lit向讀者問候!

我們很高興在此為Taiwan Lit的兩個新專輯發佈徵稿啟事。這兩個專輯分別由客座主編溫若含及黃茂善所籌備,主題為:“Taiwan in Visual Culture and Transmedia Representations”和 「《侯孝賢的凝視:抒情傳統、文本互涉與文化政治》書評論壇」。

為了持續發展改良這個交流平台,我們在Taiwan Lit 新增了「作者簡介」和「檔案室」兩個頁面。您可以透過導覽列上新增的「作者簡介」、或直接點擊文章上端的作者姓名來查閱作者資料。此外,您也可以透過「檔案室」查看我們過去的通訊,以及附於其中的各期目錄。

Taiwan Lit 編輯小組 敬上

2021年 3月6日


Call for Submissions: Taiwan in Visual Culture and Transmedia Representations

(Taiwan Lit Special Topic)

As a digital platform dedicated to Taiwan literature and culture, Taiwan Lit cordially invites submissions on a special topic that explores Taiwan studies through the lens of visual culture and transmedia representations. Established by pioneers from fields such as history, literature, art, and social sciences, Taiwan studies has now developed into an interdisciplinary subject extending beyond the excavation and archiving of underrepresented memories. As more and more discussions have been revolving around the theoretical paradigms for studying Taiwan, we think that now would be the time to thematically examine how Taiwan studies may be interpreted in the realms of visual and media culture, a boundary-crossing approach that has received rich academic attention in recent decades.

The guest editor of this special topic encourages submissions addressing, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • 1) A study of Taiwan through the medium of visual culture. For instance, a discussion of the visual significance or intermediality of a Taiwanese cultural phenomenon through literature, art, photography, film, television, radio, the Internet, and other forms of old and new media;
  • 2) The visual apparatus in a Taiwanese context, such as the ways in which museums, historical architecture, or festivals serve as visual apparatuses that embody power dynamics and the structure of seeing and feeling;
  • 3) A methodological inquiry into how the visual and media culture negotiates with and informs the study of Taiwan.

We invite submissions in either English or Chinese with no fixed length requirements. Please send abstracts of 150–250 words by April 12, 2021, to guest editor Laura Jo-Han Wen (LauraWen@rmc.edu). Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit a short essay, in writing or multimedia, by July 31, 2021, for consideration to be included in this special topic of Taiwan Lit in late 2021.





Taiwan Lit
January 23, 2021

Dear Friends,

We are happy to present the first two issues of Taiwan Lit (1.1 & 1.2). Established in the summer of 2020, Taiwan Lit aims to build a critical transnational forum, disseminate research ideas, and

facilitate innovative modes for scholarly exchange on Taiwan literature and culture. The table-of-contents for both of the 2020 issues are attached below; together, they include six essays, four reviews, and two articles.

We want to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to our contributors.

One of this journal's primary missions is to advocate a holistic view of Taiwan literary studies as a field constituted by scholars occupying different intellectual and aesthetic positions. These scholars' methodological approaches and professional agendas are diverse and divergent, as found in any vibrant and thriving academic community. We are delighted that such productive plurality and dynamism are well captured in works that have appeared on our pages.

The forthcoming Spring 2021 issue of Taiwan Lit will begin with Kuei-fen Chiu's perceptive piece on millennial Taiwanese writers and interviews of Taiwanese poets conducted by Colin Bramwell and Wen-chi Li. It will also feature a special-topic section comprising state-of-the-field essays that examine various ways Taiwan literary studies has taken root in Taiwan as a viable social institution incorporating multiple perspectives. Our special thanks to Yun-Hung Lin for undertaking the hefty task of guest-editing this section!

Moving forward, we continue to call for thoughtful reflections on emerging trends in Taiwan's creative literary output and the shifting critical paradigms that have been steering scholarly practices in our field.

As always, we appreciate feedback and look forward to receiving your contribution or rejoinder submission. Thank you for the continued support of Taiwan Lit.

Yours truly,

Taiwan Lit Editorial Team


我們很高興能在這裡向各位呈現Taiwan Lit第一卷的第一、二兩期。Taiwan Lit成立於 2020 年夏季,我們的目的在於「打造一個跨國界的學者論壇,傳播有價值的研究觀點,促進新型態的學術交流模式,以期進一步拓展台灣文學研究領域的創新潛能」。以下是兩期發表作品的目錄;共計有六篇文章,四篇評介,和兩篇長篇論文。


Taiwan Lit主張將「台灣文學研究」理解為一個由不同知識位置和美學位置所構成的學術場域;佔據各種位置的研究者們所抱持的方法學信念和專業關懷不僅多樣,而且充滿分歧——這其實正是一個富有活力和發展潛能的文化領域所應有的樣態。我們感到欣慰的是,出現於Taiwan Lit扉頁中的作品充分展露了這種健康的多元特質和互動能量。

2021年Taiwan Lit 春季號的開篇作品包括了邱貴芬透視千禧一代台灣作家作品的分析文章,和 Colin Bramwell 與利文祺合著的台灣詩人訪談錄。值得期待的還有一個專輯:邀請多位作者撰寫「現狀觀察」,從多重角度檢視「台灣文學研究」如何在地扎根,並且莖脈蔓延成為各種社會體制的可感元素。編務繁重,我們在此要向特約專輯主編林運鴻致上極深的謝意!


像往常一樣,我們歡迎您的意見與回饋,並期待收到來稿及對本刊已發表作品的回應。感謝您對 Taiwan Lit的繼續支持。

Taiwan Lit 編輯小組 敬上

2021年1 月23日


Table of Contents

Taiwan Lit 1.1



By Mu-Min Shih 石牧民


文學·藝術·政治 ——賈克·洪席耶的民主美學體系

By Xintong Lu 呂欣桐

Taiwan Lit 1.2



By Mao-shan Huang 黃茂善

The Narratable Self: Taiwan Literature and Watakushi Novels

By WenHsun Chang 張文薰

On Taiwan Literature Studies and Self-reflection

By Chia-rong Wu 吳家榮

Mainlander Writings in Taiwan Literature: Predicaments and Potential

By Phyllis Yu-ting Huang 黃鈺婷

Performing Emotions in Lyrical Essays

By Ming-Huei Wang 王敏慧


Review: A History of Taiwan Literature by Ye Shitao, Translated by Christopher Lupke

By Pei-yin Lin 林姵吟

本土人文知識如何重返左翼關懷: 評謝世宗《階級攸關:國族論述、性別政治與資本主義的文學再現》

By Yun-Hung Lin林運鴻

Towards Postcritical Thinking in Literary Studies: The Limits of Critique by Rita Felski

By Jessica Ssu-chieh Fan 范思婕


Between Foreignization and Domestication: On the Four Translations of “The Last Hunter”

By Richard Rong-bin Chen 陳榮彬


By Dong-Han Wu 吳東翰

Taiwan Lit
July 16, 2021

Dear Friends,

We are happy to announce the publication of Taiwan Lit, a new online journal/critical forum on studies of literature and culture from Taiwan. The journal has evolved from a website project that faculty, alumni, and graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin have worked on for quite some time. Ironically, it is the COVID-19 lockdown that has enabled us to reach the finish line. The link is http://taiwanlit.org. Below is an outline of the website:

Taiwan Lit, launched in the summer of 2020, is an online journal centering on studies of Taiwan literature and culture. It aims to reinvigorate the intellectual climate of the field by building a transnational critical forum, disseminating substantive research ideas, and facilitating innovative modes of scholarly exchange.

We invite submissions in either English or Chinese with no fixed length requirements.

As an alternative publishing venue that underscores timeliness and immediacy, the journal accepts all varieties of scholarly writing or multimedia presentation, including those not conforming to the restrictive practices of established print journals: work-in-progress that would potentially benefit from peer input or critique; reworkings of lectures or conference presentations; recasting of ideas that have branched off from a larger project; reevaluations of one’s own previously published arguments or propositions; and last but not least, rejoinders to the work of other contributors.

To build a lively intellectual forum, we especially welcome short essays— think pieces, position papers, or scholarly notes— that may inspire discussion, explore new research directions, or perform methodological or institutional self-reflection.

One of the main objectives of this section is to reduce the information gap between scholars from different regions. In addition to book reviews in the conventional sense, this section invites less formal, more personal commentaries on new and old scholarly works published in the field, as well as critical theoretical writings relevant to the study of Taiwan literature and culture.

This section consists of databases that may be of use as references to members of the Taiwan literature & culture studies community. Despite our best efforts, there may be inadvertent omissions or errors. Please help us improve the section by sending us relevant information and further suggestions.

We cordially invite you to participate in this platform's activities. Thank you.

Yours truly,

Taiwan Lit Steering Committee
Taiwan Studies Program
Department of Asian Studies
The University of Texas at Austin


我們很高興有這個機會向大家介紹一個新成立的網站平台,Taiwan Lit。這是一個以台灣文學、文化研究領域的學者們為對象的電子期刊和跨國學術論壇,由美國德州大學亞洲研究系的師生、校友、訪問學者一同籌劃,網址是http://taiwanlit.org 。網站內容概要如下:

Taiwan Lit 是一個以「台灣文學與文化研究」為核心關注的電子期刊,於 2020 年夏季創刊。本刊旨在打造一個跨國學者論壇,傳播有價值的研究觀點,促進新型態的學術交流模式,以求進一步拓展該領域的創新潛能。







亞洲研究系台灣研究小組 敬上