An Invented Queer Tradition: Tongzhi literature in Taiwan

14:00 to 16:00
(GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

In this presentation, Chi Ta-wei situates his award­ winning novella ‘The Membranes’ (1996)*, in the context of Taiwanese tongzhi literature with examples from his massive research monograph ‘A Queer Invention in Taiwan: A History of Tongzhi literature’ (2017).

Chi Ta-Wei suggests that it is reductionist to interpret tongzhi literature as a mere variant of queer or LGBTQ literature and argues instead, with Eric Hobsbawm’s The Invention of Tradition, that it can be seen as a local invention. Chi’s work speaks to a lack of attention to non-heteronormative sentiments and lives in studies of Chinese-language literature and non-Western societies in anglophone LGBTQ studies.

UCPH China Studies
Asian Dynamics lnitiative
Books from Taiwan.
UCPH, South Campus, auditorium 22.0.49

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