SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Annual Lecture Two: The Writing Of A History of Modern Taiwanese Literature

Speaker: Professor Chen Fang-Ming

Date: 16 March 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 16 March 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Annual Lecture


In the second talk of the 2018 annual lecture series, Professor Chen Fang-Ming will be discussing the process of writing his seminal book A History of Modern Taiwanese Literature which he began in the year 2000 and completed in 2011. The book periodizes the development of Taiwanese literature, colonization, recolonization and post-colonization. At that time, Beijing had already begun publishing histories of Taiwanese Literature and this motivated Professor Chen to write a book from the Taiwanese perspective, as he believed if there was no written history, there could be no memory. The book also covers his extended debates on literature with Chen Ying Chen. Today, courses in Taiwanese Literature History are commonplace in Taiwanese universities.

Speaker Bio


Professor Fang-Ming Chen was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1947 and is currently Chair Professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature at National Chengchih University, Taiwan where he majors in Taiwanese History and Taiwanese Literature. His publications include: Revolution and Poetry (2017) and A History of Modern Taiwanese Literature (2011).

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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