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Cheow-Thia Chan

Postdoctoral Fellow, National University of Singapore
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Cornell Project: “Sinophone Styles: Worlding Representations and Imaginaries in Malaysian Chinese Fiction"

Present research:

Cheow-Thia Chan’s dissertation project "Styles of Connection: Place-based Imaginaries and Identities in Modern Malaysian Chinese Literature” conceptualizes Chinese literary production attributed to the Southeast Asian country as a dynamic locus that has involved transregional historical forces rather than as a static accumulation of texts.

In particular, it studies Malaysian Chinese literature in the long twentieth century by evaluating writers’ uneven access to mobility and privileged cultural resources. Through transnational and intra-national comparisons within Asia, his work considers Sinophone literary relations between Malaysia and other localities (including China, Taiwan and Singapore), as well as Anglophone writings that have entered the local cultural horizon through translation. Broadly speaking, his research addresses issues and concerns of Asian studies, modern Chinese literature and world literature.

Expected Visitation Dates: 8/1/2016 to 7/31/2018