Post-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam by Ben TranPost-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam by Ben Tran

Post-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial Vietnam

byBen Tran

Paperback | January 2, 2017

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Post-Mandarin offers an engaging look at a cohort of Vietnamese intellectuals who adopted European fields of knowledge, a new Romanized alphabet, and print media-all of which were foreign and illegible to their fathers. This new generation of intellectuals established Vietnam's modern anticolonial literature.

The term "post-mandarin" illuminates how Vietnam's deracinated figures of intellectual authority adapted to a literary field moving away from a male-to-male literary address toward print culture. With this shift, post-mandarin intellectuals increasingly wrote for and about women.

Post-Mandarin illustrates the significance of the inclusion of modern women in the world of letters: a more democratic system of aesthetic and political representation that gave rise to anticolonial nationalism. This conceptualization of the "post-mandarin" promises to have a significant impact on the fields of literary theory, postcolonial studies, East Asian and Southeast Asian studies, and modernist studies.

Ben Tran is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and English at Vanderbilt University.
Title:Post-Mandarin: Masculinity and Aesthetic Modernity in Colonial VietnamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pagesPublished:January 2, 2017Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823273148

ISBN - 13:9780823273140

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Post-Mandarin is a rich, rewarding, and ground-breaking study of a key moment in the development of modern Vietnamese literature.