Positive review of Shuangyi Li's book on Proust and China
A largely positive review of Komplitt committee member Shuangyi Li's book on Proust and China has appeared in the prestigious journal French Studies (Oxford University Press). The reviewer Professor Adam Watt (University of Exeter) describes the book as "an engaging, distinctive work of scholarship that makes a wel- come addition to Proust studies while also contributing to a range of other fields. It brings a critical assessment of Proust’s reception in China into dialogue with theoretical thinking about diaspora, translation, canon-formation, intertextuality, and the transcultural. It is a stimulating read, enriched by the use it makes of existing critical writing on Proust’s novel as well as a wider spread of work in translation studies, world and comparative literature, and intertextuality. The author sets out to consider Proust ‘through a cross-cultural and comparative prism’ (p. 8); in doing so as a reader of French and English, with a native command of Chinese, he brings a rare set of critical capacities to bear on his objects of study."
For a full version of the review, see https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knz066
For a synopsis and an interview with Shuangyi Li about his book, see our Komplitt page: https://www.komplitt.com/books/proust-china-transl...