Positive reviews 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, UK) 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
Another extensive and through review by Dr. Yuri Cerqueira dos Anjos (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) appeared on Oxford Comparative Criticism & Translation (OCCT):
"Proust, China and Intertextual Engagement is a study that deals with a vast array of concepts, references, corpora and languages in order to provide a prismatic vision of a core problem: how can we understand the main traits of the reception and recreation of La Recherche by Chinese translators and writers? Within this core problem, the author makes some strategic choices that allow him to maintain the broad scope of his subject (Proust and China) while being conceptually and methodologically precise. In particularising his objects and promoting the framework for a more detailed analytical approach, Shuangyi Li allows the reader to feel relatively comfortable even though some of the themes covered in his book might be entirely original or unfamiliar to some readers. ... Shuangyi Li provides us with a potent intellectual telescope with which we can observe the complex network linking Proust and China."
Full review is freely available online: http://www.occt.ox.ac.uk/cct-review/proust-china-a...
For a synopsis and an interview with Shuangyi Li about his book, see our Komplitt page: https://www.komplitt.com/books/proust-china-transl...