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Transnational urban encounters: existential wanderings in Xue Yiwei’s collection Shenzheners

  • Giulia Rampolla

The fictional works of the Chinese writer Xue Yiwei, who migrated to Canada in 2002, can be regarded as a byproduct of cross-border mobility and cultural displacement. This paper examines the relationship between the individual and the metropolis in four short stories from the collection Shenzheners, focusing on the impact of the writer’s transcontinental relocation on his representation of city dwellers and intercultural encounters. This research adopts an interdisciplinary framework, which merges textual analysis with the approaches of Cultural Studies and Literary Urban Studies, and places this theoretical construction within a transnational context. By investigating the multiple narrative forms Xue Yiwei uses to question stereotypical cultural boundaries and to build a bridge between Chinese and global literatures, the connection between his experience of mobility and his hybrid fictional microcosm will be explored.

  • Keywords:
  • Global Chinese literature,
  • transnational writers,
  • transculturalism in Chinese fiction,
  • Chinese urban literature,
  • Shenzhen fiction,
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Giulia Rampolla

Rome University of International Studies, Italy - ORCID: 0009-0006-1030-4122

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Chapter Title

Transnational urban encounters: existential wanderings in Xue Yiwei’s collection Shenzheners

Authors

Giulia Rampolla

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0068-4.15

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2023

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Words and visions around/about Chinese transnational mobilities 流动

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Valentina Pedone, Miriam Castorina

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2023

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