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Introduction: Thinking Through Cultural Others

Introduction: Thinking Through Cultural Others Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jclc/article-pdf/7/1/1/811108/1li.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 30 March 2022 Introduction: Thinking Through Cultural Others WAI-YEE LI Who are “cultural others”? While the question often has broad ethnic rever- berations, the articles in this special issue deal with cultural difference from various perspectives. In “Closer to Home,” Ronald Egan shows us how the scholar-official Hong Mai’s 洪邁 (1123–1202) stories about merchants, con artists, or singing girls amount to a conscious effort to explore terrains beyond “this culture of ours.” The negotiation of social and political boundaries also figures in the male protagonist’s bigamous union with a boatman’s daughter and the daughter of a Mongol official in “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” by Ariel Fox. The Mongol wife in “Exit” taps into self-consciously articulated questions of cultural identity and cultural difference, which are central to the other seven essays in this issue. The contexts may be diplomatic negotiations and interstate relations, as in Wai-yee Li’s discussion of Zuozhuan 左傳 (Zuo tradition) and Lu Kou’s analysis of the letters of northern ruler Touba Tao 拓跋燾 (408–452, r. 423– 452); the foundation of political legitimacy and authority, as in Ming Tak Ted Hui’s “Journeys to the West” and Siao-chen Hu’s “Cultural http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture Duke University Press

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2329-0048
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/jclc/article-pdf/7/1/1/811108/1li.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 30 March 2022 Introduction: Thinking Through Cultural Others WAI-YEE LI Who are “cultural others”? While the question often has broad ethnic rever- berations, the articles in this special issue deal with cultural difference from various perspectives. In “Closer to Home,” Ronald Egan shows us how the scholar-official Hong Mai’s 洪邁 (1123–1202) stories about merchants, con artists, or singing girls amount to a conscious effort to explore terrains beyond “this culture of ours.” The negotiation of social and political boundaries also figures in the male protagonist’s bigamous union with a boatman’s daughter and the daughter of a Mongol official in “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” by Ariel Fox. The Mongol wife in “Exit” taps into self-consciously articulated questions of cultural identity and cultural difference, which are central to the other seven essays in this issue. The contexts may be diplomatic negotiations and interstate relations, as in Wai-yee Li’s discussion of Zuozhuan 左傳 (Zuo tradition) and Lu Kou’s analysis of the letters of northern ruler Touba Tao 拓跋燾 (408–452, r. 423– 452); the foundation of political legitimacy and authority, as in Ming Tak Ted Hui’s “Journeys to the West” and Siao-chen Hu’s “Cultural

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Journal of Chinese Literature and CultureDuke University Press

Published: Apr 1, 2020

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