Prof. Kirk A. Denton
Kirk Denton specializes in the fiction and literary criticism of the Republican period (1911-1949). He regularly teaches undergraduate courses in modern Chinese literature in translation, Asian American film, and Chinese film, as well as graduate courses and seminars on modern Chinese fiction, the writer Lu Xun, popular culture, Taiwan literature, and Chinese film. He is especially interested in the inception and formation of a discourse of modernity in the May Fourth period and how that discourse was to some degree informed and shaped by traditional concerns. Professor Denton's edited collection, Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature. 1893-1945, was published by Stanford University Press in 1996. Two years later, his The Problematic of Self in Modern Chinese Literature: Hu Feng and Lu Ling was also published by Stanford. He is associate editor of the Chinese section of The Columbia Companion to Modern East Literature (Columbia, 2003) and a coeditor of China: Adapting the Past, Confronting the Future (Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002). He is co-editor, with Michel Hockx, of Literary Societies in Republican China (Lexington, 2008). He also edited China: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts, 2008). He has published several articles on museum culture, including in The China Quarterly and Japan Focus, and he is presently writing a book on the politics of historical representation in museums and memorial sites in Greater China entitled Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics and Ideology of Museums in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Denton is editor of the journal Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and manager of the online MCLC Resource Center, which hosts the MCLC LIST, a listserv devoted to scholarly discussion on the culture of modern and contemporary China.
Exhibiting the Future: Municipal Urban Planning Exhibition Halls
The talk concerns the remarkable and unique appearance in the PRC of municipal urban planning exhibition halls in major metropoles and smaller cities around the country. These exhibitionary spaces project utopian images of the future through an array of dazzling multimedia displays. The talk focuses on such “museums” in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, and Chongqing and explores the links between their utopian representations and the new ideology of the market in contemporary China. These exhibitionary spaces also construct visions of the past that serve as foundations for imagining the future. In this sense, they must be seen in conjunction with the representations of the past and the tension between the local and the national found in other museums and exhibitionary spaces in the PRC.
星期四, 十二月 10, 2009 - 10:00 to 12:00
主辦單位 ｜ 國立中興大學人文與社會科學研究中心