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     Dr. Shouhua Qi
     Department of English
      Western Conn. State  
Univ. 
      181 White Street
      Danbury, CT 06810

      Office: 210F Berkshire Hall
      Phone: (203) 837-9048
      Email:
qis@wcsu.edu

Links:

Author Webpage at Red Room: Where the Writers Are

Author Webpage at Amazon.com

Thomas Hardy Association

Book Reviews:

Western Literature in China  and the Translation of a Nation by Nan Z. Da (The Journal of Asian Studies / August 2013. (Click for the full text)

 

"Illuminating flashes of China's fictive light"  by Stephen Mansfield (The Japan Times Online)

"Shouhua Qi's The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories " by Myfanwy Collins (American Book Review)

"Flashfiction East" by Myfanwy Collins (Encyclopedia Britannica)

 "The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories" by Isaac Stone Fish  (Asian Review of Books)

 "120 Views of China" by Elinor Teele (California Literary Review)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

                                     

                             Western Literature in China and the Translation of a Nation [Hardcover]

This book traces the contours of the ways in which Western literature (in both the broad and narrow sense) was introduced and received in China from the 1840s to the present. It is an attempt to navigate and unpack the complex dynamics, or fault zones, of texts (literary and sociopolitical), contexts (Chinese and Western), intertexts (translation and creative writing), dominance (language, culture, ideology) and resistance, and of tension and convergence. It is the story of China's uneasy response to the West, its perilous march toward modernity, and its epic, costly struggle to reclaim the nation's past glory—both real and imagined.

                                                                                              (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

 

 Reviews

'Understanding China's emergence as a twenty-first-century power requires an awareness of the complexities of its history, culture, and often damaging past interaction with foreign nations. Qi has made an important contribution to the understanding of the forces that have shaped China with his examination of the impact of translations of Western texts on China's development as they were 'assimilated' into the Chinese consciousness. Qi provides a new framework that highlights the tensions caused by the need to preserve Chinese culture while pursuing Westernization and globalization.' - June Grasso, associate professor, Boston University-

'Western Literature in China and the Translation of a Nation is a fascinating story of modern China and its relations with the West told through the eventful, often tragic and sad, history of its intellectuals and their translations. Based on solid research, informative, insightful, and beautifully written, this book offers much more than its title seems to suggest, and anyone interested in the intellectual and sociopolitical history of modern China will find it of great value and enjoyable reading.' - Zhang Longxi, chair professor of Comparative Literature and Translation, City University of Hong Kong-

Shouhua Qi’s new book is one of the most historically comprehensive and approachable in a body of work that prioritizes the study of translation of foreign texts in Chinese modernity and nation-building…” (click to read the complete review by Nan. Z. Da of the University of Michigan, published in the August 2013 issue of The Journal of Asian Studies)

 

 
                                      Twin-Sun River: An American POW in China
                                                                             A Novel
                                                           
   Inspired by real historical events, Twin-Sun River tells the story of Pfc Simon Mackenzie
    who chooses to disappear in the heartland of China soon after the armistice was effected
     to pursue his "Walden" ("Peach Orchard Outside the World") dream. There, in a small
     mountain village, Simon’s decision is tested over and again as he struggles to survive the
    turbulences of Modern China and as he becomes enmeshed in the life of a Chinese family
    and their beautiful "widowed" daughter-in-law. Parallel to Simon’s journey is that of Jie
    Ding, a humanities professor who traverses the changing landscape of China during the
    summer of 2001 to accomplish an impossible mission while trying to exorcise his own demons.
                           
                                                                                                         (WingsAsClouds Press, Summer 2011)
 
            Related developments: A staged reading of Twin-Sun River, a screenplay based on the same story, was sponsored
            by the National Academy of Television  Arts & Sciences New York on March 24, 2008 (Produced by Emmy-winning
            Louisa Burns-Bisogno and Ellen Muir; directed by Pam McDaniel). Twin-Sun River, a three-act play also based on the
            same story, was staged by Shanghai Theater Academy (April 24-28, 2009).
 
 
                              The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories
                             Flash Fiction from Contemporary China
                          
                                      “Traditional, experimental, and avant-garde, The Pearl Jacket
                                         and Other Stories will …breathe new energy into modern
     Chinese literature, leaving the literary and societal stagnation
     of the Cultural Revolution behind as a distant memory.”
                (San Francisco: Stone Bridge Press, 2008)
 
 ". . . A pointillist painting, or a compilation say, shows you only
  broad outlines from afar. Stand  right next to it, however, and the
  figures begin to dissolve into brilliant flashes of color, each one unique. It is
  the job of literary types to spend their time yapping about isms and trends.
  It is the joy of readers to block up their ears to this rubbish and open the book."
                                                    Elinor Teele, California Literary Review
 
          ". . . a panoramic palette of styles, subjects, and historical eras. . . a consistently
             rewarding anthology of short short fiction, with pleasant surprises on every page.
                                                   Tom Hazuka, author of  In the City of the Disappeared
                                                   and Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories
 

                               Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories  

   "Shouhua Qi's. stories are witty, poignant, absurd, and shocking.
   Part  autobiographical, the stories offer a masterful depiction of
   the myriad world of jaded entrepreneurs, overzealous cops,
   karaoke fanatics, dog lovers, liberated  coeds, and frustrated
   urbanites who move in and out of China's colorful neon-lit  cities
   and dusty rural villages; transitioning from one world to the other."
                  (San Francisco: Long River Press, 2007)
       
             "Qi’s stories of post-Cultural Revolution China gloriously join  the lineage of
             Chekhov. With unadorned prose  and utmost  compassion... Red Guard Fantasies
             offers glimpses of How to Be Chinese now that instructions from the Little Red
             Book no longer apply.”
                                               Gloria Frym, author of Distance No Object and Homeless at Home
 
              "By turns tender and chilling, these elegant and deeply knowing tales linger in
              the mind."
                                               Daniel Asa Rose, author of Hiding Places: A Father and His Sons Retrace
                                               Their Family's Escape from the Holocaust
                            
              " Interview with Ron Samuel at Miranda Magazine"
 
 
 
    When the Purple Mountain Burns: A Novel
 
   “…an unprecedented first novel by a native son of  Nanking,
  set during the first six days after the fall of the city to the
   Japanese imperial army in  December of 1937… Like no other
   before, Shouhua Qi's unique voice profoundly captures the
   essence of his hometown  and the struggles faced by Generations of  
Chinese as they exorcise the demons of popular  memory.”
                                                (San Francisco: Long River Press, 2005)

           
"Author Qi Explores Nanjing Massacre in New Novel"
               --Andrea Lingenfelter,
International Examiner

          
     "A 'Must read' for America"
                --Don Dallas, Milford Weekly       
 
             
"Memories of a Scarred Beauty"
               --Geni Raitisoja,
Radio 86
 
                                                    
                            
 
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