Post-Mandarin : Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam Hardback
by Ben Tran
Post-Mandarin offers an engaging look at a cohort of Vietnamese intellectuals who adopted European fields of knowledge, a new Romanized alphabet, and print media-all of which were foreign and illegible to their fathers.
This new generation of intellectuals established Vietnam's modern anticolonial literature. The term "post-mandarin" illuminates how Vietnam's deracinated figures of intellectual authority adapted to a literary field moving away from a male-to-male literary address toward print culture.
With this shift, post-mandarin intellectuals increasingly wrote for and about women. Post-Mandarin illustrates the significance of the inclusion of modern women in the world of letters: a more democratic system of aesthetic and political representation that gave rise to anticolonial nationalism.
This conceptualization of the "post-mandarin" promises to have a significant impact on the fields of literary theory, postcolonial studies, East Asian and Southeast Asian studies, and modernist studies.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Fordham University Press
- Publication Date: 02/01/2017
- Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9780823273133
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