[UPDATE] Revealing/Reveiling Shanghai: Cultural Representations from the 20th and 21st Centuries (12/31/14; collection)

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Lisa Bernstein and Chu-chueh Cheng
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The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to December 31, 2014

Editors are seeking submissions for a proposed book-length collection of essays on representations of Shanghai in film and literature of the last hundred years. Shanghai is paradoxically inclusive yet distancing; familiar yet always portrayed as "the other." Its complex history as a quasi-colonial city, both the birthplace of Communist China and the epitome of 21st-century capitalism, makes it especially interesting for study today within an international context. In discourses of the West, other East Asian countries, and even other Chinese regions and cities, Shanghai has historically appeared as the embodiment of exoticism, and continues to be a global symbol of past romance and decadence, reduced to the "Pearl of the Orient" or the "Whore of Asia." Rapid social and cultural changes and the incredible economic development over the last fifteen years have made representing Shanghai even more complicated: the city challenges binaries of East and West, traditional and modern, communism and capitalism, cosmopolitanism and exoticism.

Having generated considerable literary and cinematic interest throughout the world, Shanghai remains a contested location within political discourse and the cultural imagination. By exploring literary and visual representations of Shanghai from multiple countries and perspectives, this volume addresses the ways in which late 20th and early 21st centuries have rewritten past and present Shanghai to reflect our own cultural anxieties, and the ways in which the city resists conventional interpretations and questions notions of authentic representation and identity. We invite papers that analyze the portrayal of Shanghai in literature, film, art, and other media from the 20th century to the present, particularly in comparative historical, cultural, and linguistic perspectives.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
•Shanghai and the Opium Wars
•Quasi-Colonial Shanghai: French Concession, International Settlement
•The French, the Germans, and the Jews: Shanghai as WWII Refuge
•Asian Orientalism: a Japanese perspective
•Shanghai's Historical Twin: Hong Kong
•People's Republic of China vs. Shanghai as Modern/Western City (China vs. Shanghai)
•Who Counts as Shanghainese?
•Shanghai in World Cinema: Collaboration of East and West

Interested contributors should send an abstract (400-500 words) and working title, as well as a brief biography (app. 100 words), by December 31, 2014, to both Dr. Lisa Bernstein (lbernstein3@gmail.com) and Dr. Chu-chueh Cheng (chuchueh@ms28.hinet.net).

Acceptances will be made January 2015. Final chapters of approximately 15-20 pages (2,500-5,000 words) will be due April 30, 2015.

Dr. Lisa Bernstein, University of Maryland University College, USA
Dr. Chu-chueh Cheng, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan