A Series of Lectures on Foreign Literature Study in School of Foreign Languages

A Series of Lectures on Foreign Literature Study in School of Foreign Languages, Soochow University

Lecture 1

Lecturer: Professor Geng Jiyong

Topic: Poetry on Han Shan in Contemporary American Literature

Dates: 9 am, Oct 26th, 2019

Room: Room 201, Chongyuan Building

Abstract:

In 1933 when Chinese poetry on Hanshan was first translated into English and introduced to America, Hanshan began to gain widespread acceptance and was portrayed in many American literary works like fictions, poetry and prose. But in China, the popularity of Hanshan culture in America hasn’t been studied. Therefore, this paper makes a systematic study on American Hanshan poetry. It is argued that the widespread use of Hanshan in contemporary America literature is a testament of the important role it plays in communication between literary works in both China and America and also a proof of America scholars’ love for Chinese literature. It provides an outstanding example for the transnational literary communication between China and America as well as the transmission of Chinese culture.

Introduction to the lecturer:

Professor Geng is the Director of Comparative Literature and Cross-cultural Research Center of Tongji University and supervisor of PhD candidates. He is also an outstanding alumnus of Soochow University. Professor Yang is also the visited Professor of University of California, Berkeley and UC Davis and is honored as the the outstanding scholar of Pu Jiang. Professor Gang now is a member of Shanghai Foreign Literature Association, vice president of China Association for the Study of American Literature, Comparative Study and Cross-cultural Study Association, etc. His research interests include American eco-poetry, the relationships between Chinese and American literature and translation.

 

Lecture 2:

Lecturer: Professor Cheng Xiangzhan

Topic:  How to set the eco-aesthetics by combining oriental and western resources together---taking Gao Zhuxi as a case study

Dates: 10:30 am, Oct 26th, 2019

Room: Room 201, Chongyuan Building

Abstract:

Setting eco-aesthetics by combining eastern and western eco-philosophy together is a hot debated topic among eastern and western scholars. Chinese-American scholar Gao Zhuxi finds that there are demerits in western environmental aesthetic which cause serious consequences on eco-system. Thus, he transformed the western environmental aesthetic into a practical eco-aesthetic which can be applied both in eastern and western countries with the method of cross-disciplinary. The new philosophy is based on integrity, evolution and philosophy and features in creative aesthetic principle. Gao zhuxi creatively combines the eastern eco-aesthetics with the oriental one and learns the advantages from both two systems. He tries to set up a new eco-aesthetics which is more tolerant and practical. His research methods are very inspirational.

       Introduction to the lecturer:

Professor Cheng Xiangzhan is the supervisor of PhD, distinguished professor of Chang Jiang Scholar of Education Ministry. He is also the Vice Dean of Faculty of Arts of Shandong University. Professor Cheng now is the vice director of Literary Aesthetics Research Center of Shandong University. Between 2006 and 2007, he was the visited scholar of Howard University. His research interests include Chinese Literary Aesthetics, eco-aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, body-aesthetics and eco-criticism.

Lecture 3:

Lecturer: Professor Fang Hong

Topic: A Re-reading of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek with Affect Theories and a Reflection on Eco-criticism

Dates: 2 pm, Oct 26th, 2019

Room: Room 201, Chongyuan Building

Abstract:

       This paper re-reads Pilgrim at Tinker Creek written by Annie Dillard with the affect theories and argues that non-human species may change our perception, values and aesthetics. It also generates the corporeal reason and vitality, which contributes to the reconstruction of value system and becoming of a new soul. Affect mechanism could enable human to understand nonhuman species and express our sympathy. We shift from the nature to the molecule world empowered by the corporal affection, which is the significant principle of landscape aesthetics.

Introduction to the lecturer:

Professor Fang now works at English Department of Nanjing University and is the PhD supervisor and visiting researcher of Institution of Advanced Studies in Nanjing University. Professor Fang graduated from Hong Kong University and her research interests include American nature literature, eco-criticism, African-American Literature and women’s literature. The published major works include more than 20 articles on “post-pastoral intermediate aesthetic”, “the literary philosophy of Norton Anthology of African American Literature” and etc. Her representative works include Liminal Art Kingston’s Writings and completed the study of “Contemporary American Nature Writing” which is project of The National Social Science Fund of China.

Lecture 4:

Lecturer: Professor Hu Yinfeng

Topic: Environmental Ethics in Prose of Li Qingsong

Dates: 3:30 pm, Oct 26th, 2019

Room: Room 201, Chongyuan Building

Abstract:

In an era of global ecological crisis, the importance of the human-nature relationship has been unprecedentedly highlighted and one tendency of literary creation is to establish a brand new environmental ethics. Li Qingsong’s essay writing in nearly 40 years has reflected the transition from ecological crisis to ecological recovering and rebuilding in contemporary China. The writer has always ruminated on the human-nature relationship from a holistic perspective combined with aesthetics, science, morality and culture. His views of environmental ethics can be mainly summarized as follows: to transcend anthropocentrism, to re-estimate the value of nature, to respect the law of nature, and to emphasize man’s responsibility and obligation for nature. Through writing, he aims to liberate nature; through environmental reports, ecological fieldwork, and popularizing ecological knowledge, he sees through the essence of the beautiful life; through his spiritual communication with all things in nature, he establishes the basic relationship with the living scenes, the details of the land, and the memories of the hometown. Hence his land aesthetics is deeply associated with environmental ethics.

Introduction to the lecturer:

       Hu Yinfeng is the researcher of Jiangxi Academy of Social Science, member of the Academy Association and editor of Journal of Poyang Lake. He is also the vice president of Jiangxi Literary Critics Association and member of council of China Environmental Social Science Association. For decades, he has devoted to promoting eco-civilization, eco-criticism of contemporary Chinese Literature and to studying the intangible cultural heritage of Jiangxi Province.

Lecture 5:

Lecturer: Professor Pang Haonong

Topic: Space and Psychology: the Distortion of Social Ecology in His Bloody Project

Dates: 9 am, Oct 27th, 2019

Room: Room 201, Chongyuan Building

Abstract:

       His Bloody Project, written by contemporary British writer Graeme Macrae Burnet, won the Booker Prized of 2016. Burnet discloses the criminal psychology and anxiety and reveals their social values and spiritual pursuit. The injustice law enforcement makes the weak member never get the human right and makes life unbearable. Frustration about career, romantic love and domestic violence underlie the criminals’ depression and anxiety. Thus, the novel depicts the relationship between psychological crisis and existence space. The novel ponders on the living space of tenants and psychology and discloses their physical and mental misery through which a sense of responsibility and humanity can be sensed.

Introduction to the lecturer:

       Professor Pang Haonong is the distinguished professor of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Yu Shan outstanding academy, researcher of Foreign Language Institution and PhD supervisor. His research interests are British and American Literature, African American Literature and Theory and Practice of Translation. Professor Pang completed 4 projects of The National Social Science Fund of China and won the rewards of Shanghai Philosophy and Social Science. He has published more than 40 articles on key journals like Foreign Literature, Foreign Literatures , Foreign Literature Studies, Contemporary Foreign Literature and etc. Professor Pang is also the council member of China English Poetry Association and Shanghai Foreign Literature Association. The publications mainly include History of African American Literature: 1619-2010 (2013), Writing of Evils in Richards Wright’s Fiction (2019) and etc.