Books & Publications
The Cultural Revolution at the Margins, by Yiching Wu
Harvard University Press, Forthcoming 2014
Mao Zedong envisioned a great struggle to “wreak havoc under the heaven” when he launched the Cultural Revolution in 1966. But as radicalized Chinese youth rose up against Party officials, events quickly slipped from the government’s grasp, and rebellion took on a life of its own. Turmoil became a reality in a way the Great Leader had not foreseen. The Cultural Revolution at the Margins recaptures these formative moments from the perspective of the disenfranchised and disobedient rebels Mao unleashed and later betrayed.
The Cultural Revolution began as a “revolution from above,” and Mao had only a tenuous relationship with the Red Guard students and workers who responded to his call. Yet it was these young rebels at the grassroots who advanced the Cultural Revolution’s more radical possibilities, Yiching Wu argues, and who not only acted for themselves but also transgressed Maoism by critically reflecting on broader issues concerning Chinese socialism. As China’s state machinery broke down and the institutional foundations of the PRC were threatened, Mao resolved to suppress the crisis. Leaving out in the cold the very activists who had taken its transformative promise seriously, the Cultural Revolution devoured its children and exhausted its political energy.
The mass demobilizations of 1968–69, Wu shows, were the starting point of a series of crisis-coping maneuvers to contain and neutralize dissent, producing immense changes in Chinese society a decade later.
The Already Dead, by Eric Cazdyn
In The Already Dead, Eric Cazdyn examines the intersection among contemporary medicine, globalization, and present-day political and cultural practices—producing a condition and concept he names “the new chronic.” Cazdyn argues that as in contemporary medicine, whic
h uses targeted drug therapies and biotechnology to manage rather than cure diseases, global capitalism does not aim for resolution but rather a continual state of crisis management that perpetrates the iniquities of the status quo. Engaging critical theory, philosophy, and psychoanalysis, Cazdyn explores the complexities of crisis, paying particular attention to how it affects perceptions of time and denies alternate ways of being and forms of thinking.
To resist this exploitative crisis state, which he terms “the global abyss,” Cazdyn posits the concept of “the already dead,” a condition in which the subject (medical, political, psychological) has been killed but has yet to die. Embracing this condition, he argues, allows for a revolutionary consciousness open to a utopian future. Woven into Cazdyn’s analysis are personal anecdotes about battling leukemia and struggling to obtain Canadian citizenship during his illness. These narratives help to illustrate his systemic critique, one that innovatively reconfigures the relationship between politics, capitalism, revolution, and the body.
Publications by EAS Faculty Members
(Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.)
Kawashima, Ken. The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan. (Duke University Press, 2009)
Keirstead, Thomas. The Geography of Power in Medieval Japan. (N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1992)
Keirstead, Thomas. “Nation and Postnation in Japan.” In Nation Work: Asian Elites and National Identities edited by Timothy Brook and Andre Schmid, 219-240. (MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000)
Keirstead, Thomas. “Outcasts Before the Law: Pollution and Purification in Medieval Japan.” In Currents in Medieval Japanese History edited by G. Cameron Hurst and Lorraine Harrington. (Figueroa Press, 2009)
Ko, K., Youngmi Cho, and Ross King trans. Doing Foreign Language, (N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008)
Ko, K. “Grammar or Content? : KFL/ESL Teachers’ Trends in Feedback on College Student Writing.” The Korean Language in America, 17 (2012)
Meng, Yue. Shanghai and the Edges of Empires. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006)
Meng, Yue. “Female Image and National Myth.” In Gender Politics in Modern China, Writing and Feminism edited by Tani E. Barlow, 118-136. (Durham: Duke University Press, 1993)
Meng, Yue. History and Narrative . Shanxi: (Shangxi Renmin Press, 1992)
Liu, Johanna. Frontières de l’art, frontières de l’esthétique, co-edited with Yolaine Escande, Paris (2008)
Liu, Johanna. Musique et herméneutique. Etude sur le sens du langage musical, Taipei (2001)
Liu, Johanna. Difference and Praxis – A Study of Contemporary Philosophy of Art, Taipei, (2001)
Poole, Janet. Translated Yi T’aejun. Eastern Sentiments (Weatherhead Books on Asia). (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009)
Rupprecht, Hsiao-wei Wang. Language through Literature: An Advanced Reader of Contemporary Chinese short Stories. (Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2010)
Rupprecht, Hsiao-wei Wang. Departure and Return: Chang Hen-shui and the Chinese Narrative Tradition. (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing Company, 1988)
Sakaki, Atsuko. Obsessions with the Sino-Japanese Polarity in Japanese Literature. (Hawaii: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2005.)
Sakaki, Atsuko. Recontextualizing Texts: Narrative Performance in Modern Japanese Fiction (Harvard East Asian Monographs). (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 1999.)
Sakaki, Atsuko and Yumiko Kurahahsi. The Woman with the Flying Head and Other Stories by Kurahashi Yumiko. (New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1998.)
Sanders, Graham. Words Well Put: Visions of Poetic Competence in the Chinese Tradition. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2006)
Sanders, Graham. Translated Shen Fu. Six Records of a Floating Life. (Cambridge, Mass.: Hackett Publishing Company, Sep 2011)
Schmid, Andre. Korea Between Empires, 1895-1919. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002)
Schmid, Andre and Timothy Brook. Nation Work: Asian Elites and National Identities. (MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000)