Poetics of Rebellion: Hybridity, Minor Narrative, Yang Mu

Key information

10:45 am to 12:15 am
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

About this event

This lecture attempts to respond critically to the birth of Taiwanese identity through a fastidious reading of Yang Mu’s works.

Two major postcolonial approaches—hybridity and minor narrative—will be deployed to investigate Yang’s unique voice: hybridity, because he is acclaimed for his hybridization of Taiwanese culture with Chinese tradition and Western literature; minor narrative in relation to the marginalization and suppression of the Taiwanese voice, first, directly by the KMT’s authority during the period of martial law and, more recently, indirectly by the CCP.

Through an examination of the postcolonial conditions depicted in Yang Mu’s works from 1970 to 2000, my lecture addresses the following research questions. How does Yang Mu express the ideas of disobedience and discontent? How does his poetry serve as a vehicle to subvert colonial discourse? How can a transcultural writer such as Yang Mu dislocate an official narrative and seek emancipation from it? Using a blend of historical, social, political, and textual analysis, this lecture seeks to contribute to a broader understanding of postcolonial poetry as a tool of resilience and revolt in the face of hegemony. 

Speaker's Biography

Dr Wen-chi Li

Wen-chi Li is Susan Manning Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, the University of Edinburgh. He has received the Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship and will continue his research at the University of Oxford this July.

He is the co-editor of Taiwanese Literature as World Literature (Bloomsbury, 2022) and the Mandarin poetry anthology Under the Same Roof: A Poetry Anthology for the LGBTQ (Dark Eyes Ltd, 2019). 

About 2023 SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School

The Centre of Taiwan Studies (CTS) at the SOAS, University of London is excited to present a 2.5-day Summer School programme filled with engaging talks, seminars, and roundtables, taking place right after the EATS annual conference from the afternoon of June 28 to June 30 2023.

In our commitment to promoting the study of Taiwan, we are pleased to offer free and open-to-public attendance for the Summer School. We highly encourage individuals from all walks of life who are interested in Taiwanese culture and Taiwan studies attend our course.