Chinese Grammatology Script Revolution and Literary Modernity, 1916–1958.Chinese Grammatology: Script Revolution and Literary Modernity, 1916–1958 (2019) by Yurou Zhong

“Today, Chinese characters are described as a national treasure, the core of the nation’s civilizational identity. Yet for nearly half of the twentieth century, reformers waged war on the Chinese script. They declared it an archaic hindrance to modernization, portraying the ancient system of writing as a roadblock to literacy and therefore science and democracy. Movements spanning the political spectrum proposed abandonment of characters and alphabetization of Chinese writing, although in the end the Communist Party opted for character simplification.

Chinese Grammatology traces the origins, transmutations, and containment of this script revolution to provide a groundbreaking account of its formative effects on Chinese literature and culture, and lasting implications for the encounter between the alphabetic and nonalphabet worlds. Yurou Zhong explores the growth of competing Romanization and Latinization movements aligned with the clashing Nationalists and Communists. She finds surprising affinities between alphabetic reform and modern Chinese literary movements and examines the politics of literacy programs and mass education against the backdrop of war and revolution. Zhong places the Chinese script revolution in the global context of a phonocentric dominance that privileges phonetic writing, contending that the eventual retention of characters constituted an anti-ethnocentric, anti-imperial critique that coincided with postwar decolonization movements and predated the emergence of Deconstructionism. By revealing the consequences of one of the biggest linguistic experiments in history, Chinese Grammatology provides an ambitious rethinking of the origins of Chinese literary modernity and the politics of the science of writing.”

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Publications by EAS Faculty Members
(Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.)

Cazdyn, Eric. The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Illness. (Duke University Press, 2012)
— et al. Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism. (University of Chicago Press, 2015)
— The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan. (Duke University Press, 2002)
Feng, Linda. City of Marvel and Transformation: Chang’an and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China. (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015)
Kawashima, Ken.
The Proletarian Gamble: Korean Workers in Interwar Japan. (Duke University Press, 2009)
Keirstead, ThomasThe Geography of Power in Medieval Japan. (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1992)
Ko, K., Youngmi Cho, and Ross King trans. Doing Foreign Language. (New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008)
Liu, JohannaFrontières de l’art, frontières de l’esthétique, co-edited with Yolaine Escande, Paris (2008)
 Musique et herméneutique. Etude sur le sens du langage musical, Taipei (2001)
— Difference and Praxis – A Study of Contemporary Philosophy of Art, Taipei (2001)
Meng, YueShanghai and the Edges of Empires. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006)
— History and Narrative. Shanxi (Shangxi Renmin Press, 1992)
Poole, Janet. When the Future Disappears: The Modernist Imagination in Late Colonial Korea. (Columbia University Press, 2014)
— Translated Yi T’aejun. Eastern Sentiments (Weatherhead Books on Asia). (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009)
Rupprecht, Hsiao-wei WangLanguage through Literature: An Advanced Reader of Contemporary Chinese short Stories. (Beijing: Higher Education Press, 2010)
— Departure and Return: Chang Hen-shui and the Chinese Narrative Tradition. (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing Company, 1988)
Sakaki, Atsuko. The Rhetoric of Photography in Modern Japanese Literature: Materiality of the Visual Register as Narrated by Tanizaki Jun’ichiro, Abe Kōbō, Horie Toshiyuki and Kanai Mieko. (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015)
Obsessions with the Sino-Japanese Polarity in Japanese Literature. (Hawaii: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2005)
Recontextualizing Texts: Narrative Performance in Modern Japanese Fiction (Harvard East Asian Monographs). (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 1999)
and Yumiko Kurahashi. 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)
— Translated Shen Fu. Six Records of a Floating Life. (Cambridge, Mass.: Hackett Publishing Company, Sep 2011)
Schmid, AndreKorea Between Empires, 1895-1919. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002)
— and Timothy Brook. Nation Work: Asian Elites and National Identities. (MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000)
Shen, Vincent. From Matteo Ricci to Heidegger-An intercultural view of interaction philosophy East and West in an Intercultural Context. (Taipei: Commercial Press, 2014)
Generosity to the Other, Chinese Culture, Christianity and Strangification. (Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2004)
Technology and Culture. (Taipei: Open University Press, 2003)
Confucianism, Taoism and Constructive Realism. (Vienna: Vienna University Press, 1994)
Disenchantment of the World: Impact of Science and Technology on Culture. (China Times, 1984)
After Physics: The Development of Metaphysics. (Taipei: Newton Press, 1987)
Virág, Curie. The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy. (Oxford University Press, 2017)
Wu, Yiching.
 The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis. (Harvard University Press, 2014)
Yoneyama, Lisa. Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American Justice and Japanese War Crimes. (Duke University Press, 2016)
— War, Violence, Redress: Politics of Multiculturalism. (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2003).
— White, and Fujitani, eds., Perilous Memories: Asia-Pacific War(s). (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001)
— Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space and the Dialectics of Memory. (University of California Press, 1999)