Cultural criticism : cross-writing and the question of language

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Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University

Event Title

Cultural Magazine Series, 2003-04

Document Type

Public Seminar




5:30 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m.


Foyer, 1/F, Lingnan University Library


Professor Lee is going to explore the ways in which one language is embedded, consciously or not, in the writing of another in our generation of bilingual writers--in this case, Chinese and English. Also, he would like to explore the possibilities of "cross-writing" writing in essay form: how the very form within its generatic conventions in each language can limit or extend its reach to a public audience. Hence the implications of public criticism. He will, in this talk, concentrate on a few texts of his choice, even of his own writing, as examples. By way of comparison, he will compare this with Ha Jin's English style in his fiction. If there is more time, he will then explore the issue of "translation", not in the conventional sense but as a form of "writing across" two cultures.



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Leo Ou-fan Lee is currently Y. K. Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor, Division of Humanities, HKUST, and Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University . He is the author of "Shanghai Modern" and other works on modern Chinese literature and culture in both English and Chinese.

Cultural Magazine Series, 2003-04, 1st semester, chapter 3

The public seminar was part of the Cultural Studies Seminar Series, an ongoing series of informal talks, jointly organized by the Department of Cultural Studies and Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme (KFCRD), Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, in which researchers in dialogue with leading cultural critics, designers, producers and entrepreneurs working in and around Hong Kong. Aimed at an undergraduate audience, the Seminar used a “chat show” format to encourage students to join in the discussion of new cultural research and development projects.

Recommended Citation

Lee, O. F. L. (2003, November 27). Cultural criticism: Cross-writing and the question of language [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/214