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Post-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam

Ben Tran


Post-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam redefines global modernism in terms of realism. The monograph challenges some of the central assumptions about the literary aesthetics of colonial modernity. The book has two interlocking arguments. First, it underscores the radical transformation of Vietnam’s literary field from a 1000-year-old Chinese-influenced mandarin system to the supply-and-demand market of 20th-century print culture—linguistically, from Examination Chinese to the Vietnamese romanized alphabet of quốc ngữ. Second, it shows that as much as this transf ... More

Keywords: colonialism, gender and sexuality, literary theory, modernism, realism, Southeast Asia, Vietnamese literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823273133
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823273133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Tran, author
Vanderbilt University