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Sebastian Veg

Researcher and Director, CEFC

20/F Wanchai Central Bldg., 89 Lockhart Rd, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Research Professor (directeur d'études), EHESS, Paris (China Centre and Centre for Research on Arts and Language).

Honorary Assistant Professor, HKU Dept of Comparative Literature.

Director of Publication, China Perspectives.

E-mail : click here

Blogging on The China Beat (until 2012); on The China Story (since 2013).

 

  • Research Topics

Literature and politics in 20th century China, in particular the connection between literature, public space, and democracy; literature and political philosophy;

Intellectual history of 20th century China, in particular of the May Fourth and “new culture” movement, Lu Xun and Republican literature;

Contemporary Chinese fiction (literature, cinema) and politics (censorship, market pressure), intellectuals and cultural policy, cultural heritage, cultural rights. 

 

  • Main publications

Book

2009   Fictions du pouvoir chinois. Littérature, modernisme et démocratie au début du XXe siècle. (Fictions of Chinese Power. Literature, modernism and democracy in the early 20th century). Paris: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales Press, 2009, 384 pp.

Review in La Vie des idées, October 2009 (English).

Review in China Perspectives, June 2012.

 
 
 
 
Critical editions

2010 Lu Xun, Cris (Nahan), Paris, Éditions Rue d’Ulm, « Versions françaises », 304 p. With a postface entitled "Sortir du règne de la critique", p. 257-294.

Review in Livres hébdo, 21 May 2010 (French).

Review in Rue89, 1 July 2010: in French and in English.

Review by Noël Dutrait on the Chinese Literature Blog, 30 August 2010 (French).

 
 
 
 2004   Lu Xun, Errances (Panghuang), followed by « Les chemins divergents de la littérature et du pouvoir politique », Paris, Éditions Rue d’Ulm, « Versions françaises », 2004, 354 p. With a postface entitled « Errance et chemins de traverse », pp. 297-345.
 
Review in Le Monde, 18 March 2004.
Review in L'Humanité, 18 March 2004.
 

 

Selected Research articles

2012 “Propaganda and Pastiche: Visions of Mao in Founding of a Republic, Beginning of the Great Revival and Let the Bullets Fly", China Perspectives, no. 2012/2, pp. 41-53.

2012 “The limits of Representation: Wang Bing’s Labor Camp Films,” Journal of Chinese Cinemas, vol. 6, no. 2, 2012, pp. 173-187.

2011 "Democratic Modernism: Rethinking the politics of early Twentieth century fiction in China and Europe", Boundary2, Fall 2011 (38:3), pp. 27-65. 

2010 “La fiction retrouvée: questions sur la genèse de la littérature chinoise moderne” (Fiction regained : questions on the genesis of modern Chinese literature), Poétiques comparatistes, « Fiction et cultures » (s.d. Françoise Lavocat et Anne Duprat), no. 5 (2010), p. 181-198

2010 “Wang Xiaobo and the No Longer Silent majority”, in Jean-Philippe Béja (ed), The Impact of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, London, Routledge, 2010, pp. 86-94.

2010 “L’autorité, du conte à la nouvelle : Kafka et Lu Xun” in Emmanuel Bouju (éd.), L’autorité en littérature, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes « Interférences »/Cahiers du Groupe phi, 2010, p. 197-210

2010 "On the Margins of Modernity: a comparative study of Gao Xingjian and Oe Kenzaburo", China Perspectives, no. 2010/2, Special Feature: Gao Xingjian and the Role of Chinese Literature Today (See Editorial, pp. 2-5), pp. 34-46.

2010 "Quelle science pour quelle démocratie? Lu Xun et la littérature de fiction dans le mouvement du 4 Mai" (What sort of science for what sort of democracy. Lu Xun and his fiction in the May Fourth movement), Annales Histoire, Sciences sociales, vol. 65, n° 2 (mars-avril 2010), dossier "Littérature et savoirs", p. 345-374.

2010   "Fuite sans fin et exil impossible: Le livre d'un homme seul de Gao Xingjian" [version pdf préfinale] (Endless escape and impossible exile: One Man's Bible by Gao Xingjian), in Jean-Pierre Morel et al. (éd.), Dans le dehors du monde. Exils d'écrivains et d'artistes au XXe siècle, Paris, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2010, p. 279-295.

2009    「超越現代性:高行健與大江健三郎的異同初探」,《香港戲劇學刊》第八期 (2009),第97-121頁。(Modernity overcome? Preliminary elements for a comparative study of Gao Xingjian and Oe Kenzaburo, Hong Kong Drama Review, vol. 8, 2009, pp. 97-121.)

2009    “La démocratie, un objet d’étude pour la recherche littéraire ?” (Can democracy constitute an object for literary studies?), Revue de littérature comparée, n° 1-2009, p. 101-121.

2008   “De l'histoire à la fiction : questions sur la genèse de la littérature chinoise moderne” (From history to fiction: questions on the genesis of modern Chinese literature), in Yasusuke Oura (ed.), Fiction de l'Occident, Fiction de l'Orient, Publications de l’Institut de recherches sur les humanités (Jinbunken), Université de Kyôto, 2008, p. 29-60.

2007   Utopian Fiction and Critical Examination : the Cultural Revolution in Wang Xiaobo’s ‘The Golden Age’ ”China Perspectives, n° 2007/4, pp. 75-87 (Perspectives chinoises, p. 78-91).

2007   From Documentary to Fiction and Back: Reality and Contingency in Wang Bing’s and Jia Zhangke’s films ”China Perspectives, n° 2007/3, p. 130-137 (Perspectives chinoises, p. 141-149).

2006   “De la marginalité à l’individualité dans les premières pièces de Gao Xingjian” (From marginality to individuality in Gao Xingjian’s early plays), in Noël Dutrait (ed), L’Écriture romanesque et théâtrale de Gao Xingjian, Paris, éd. du Seuil, 2006, pp. 147-167.

2005   Fiction et démocratie : nouvelles lectures de Lu Xun et de Lao She” (Fiction and Democracy: New Readings of Lu Xun and Lao She), Etudes chinoises, n° XXIV (2005), p. 285-299.

 

Press/Interviews

Shorter essays (reflecting my recent interests)

2013 Review of Gordon Mathews, Ghetto at the Center of the World, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 72, no. 2, pp. 453-455. 

2013 "Putting Hong Kong's New Cultural Activism on the Literary Map", MCLC Review Essay, 13 May 2013. 

2013 "Over Eighteen: China's political spectrum today", The China Story, 15 January 2013. 

2012 "Hong Kong's Institutions in an Electoral Year: the Coming End of 'One Country, Two Systems'?", 7 October 2012.

2012 “Surviving Civilization: Rereading the History of Taiwan and Modernity” (Review essay of Wu He: Yu Sheng), China Perspectives, No. 2012/1, pp. 69-72.

2012 “Hong Kong Identity and Democratic Values”, The China Beat, 20 March 2012.

2012 “The Taiwan Elections in Historical Perspective”, The China Beat, 21 February 2012.

2011 “1911: the Failed Institutional Revolution”The China Beat10 October 2011.   

2011 “偶然美学:中国独立纪录片二十年”(An aesthetics of contingency: twenty years of independent Chinese documentary), in Yi Sicheng 易思成, ed.,《今天,或黄金时代》(Today, or the Golden Age), Kunming, Yunfest internal publication, 2011, p. 154-163, trans. by Zhang Ping.

2010 "Les Lumières de la ville et la neige du pays natal. Modernité et authenticité dans quelques nouvelles de Lu Xun" in Nicolas Idier (ed), Shanghai. Histoire, Promenades, Anthologie et Dictionnaire, Paris, R. Laffont, "Bouquins", 2010, p. 801-821.

2010   "From Meiji Modernity to the Nanjing Massacre: Yasukuni's critical Perspective on History and Memory", Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Resource Center, May 2010.

2010   "Opening Public spaces", Introduction to the special feature on Independent Chinese Cinema "Filming in the space of the people", China Perspectives, no. 2010/1, p. 4-10. Chinese version: “打開公共空間”,《字花》,第31期,116-125頁。

2009    "Tibet, Nationalism, and Modernity: Two Chinese Contributions" (Wang Hui and Gongmeng), China Perspectives, no. 2009/3, Special Feature The Deadlock in Tibet, pp. 98-107.

2009    Review of Storm under the Sun, by Peng Xiaolian and S. Louisa Wei, China Quarterly, no. 194 (June 2009), pp. 486-488.

2009    Book Review of Le Rêve du village des Ding (The Dreams of Ding Village) by Yan Lianke, China Perspectives, no. 2009/1, pp. 114-117.
 

2008   « Chinese Intellectuals and the Problem of Xinjiang. Wang Lixiong’s Wo de xiyu, ni de Dong Tu », China Perspectives, n° 2008/3, pp. 143-150.

2008    Compte rendu de Samuel Guex, Entre Nonchalance et désespoir. Les intellectuels japonais sinologues face à la guerre (1930-1950), in Ebisu, n° 38 (Autumn-Winter 2007), pp. 150-158.

2008    « The Politics of Modernity. Céline and French Literature between the wars », Poetics Today, vol. 29, n° 3 (Fall 2008), pp. 603-609.

2008    Book review of Lucien Bianco, Les Origines de la Révolution chinoise, (new edition), China Perspectives, n° 2008/2, pp. 118-120.

2008  The subversive ‘Pleasure of Thinking’ (Review essay on Wang Xiaobo, Wang in Love and Bondage, SUNY Press, 2008), China Perspectives, n° 2008/1, pp. 109-113 (Perspectives chinoises, p. 113-118).

2008   “Les intellectuels chinois au Japon dans les premières années du xxe siècle : conscience nationale ou modernisme cosmopolite ?” (Chinese intellectuals in Japon in the first years of the 20th century: between national conscience and cosmopolitan modernism), Nichifutsu Bunka, no. 75 (March 2008), pp. 67-91.

2007   “Eliminating Disharmony: Recent Examples of Censorship in Chinese Writing and Cinema”, China Perspectives, no. 2007/3 (special feature: “Creating a harmonious society“) p. 66-72 (Perspectives Chinoises, p. 70-77).

2007   Cultural Heritage in Hong Kong : the Rise of Activism and the contradictions of Identity”China Perspectives, no. 2007/2 (special feature: “Hong Kong, ten years later”), p. 46-48 (Perspectives Chinoises, p. 48-52).

2007   Book review of: Zhu Wen, I love dollars, trans. by Julia Lovell, Perspectives chinoises, no. 2007/1,  p. 124-127 (China Perspectives, p. 118-121).

2006   “Sexualité, transgression et politique dans les premières nouvelles de Yu Dafu”, (Sexuality, transgression and politics in Yu Dafu's early stories), conference “Traduire l'amour, la passion, le sexe, dans les littératures d'Asie” (Translating love, passion and sexuality in Asian literatures), University of Aix-Marseille I, 15-16 December 2006.

 

  • Professional Services

- Book Reviews Editor, China Perspectives/Perspectives chinoises, 2006-2010

- Ad hoc reviewer for Rowman&Littlefield, Editions de l'EHESS, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Etudes chinoises, etc.

 - Consultant to UNESCO (Paris Headquarters), Cultural Heritage Division and World Heritage Centre (Koguryo Tombs, Peking Man projects), and Intangible Heritage Division (Kunqu project, Intangible Heritage Convention).

 

  • HKU MA Course CLIT 7009

Within the MA in Literary and Cultural Studies offered by the Department of Comparative Literature (University of Hong Kong), this course is entitled  "Modernity and its paths": click to download the syllabus.

 

  • Curriculum
2010-2011
Visiting Scholar, Tokyo University / Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong
 
2006-2010
Researcher at CEFC
 
2005/2006
Post-doctoral Fellow, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. Research Topic: ”Fiction and Democracy”

2004/2005
Lecturer (ATER), Dept. of Comparative Literature, University of Tours
 
2004
PhD Dissertation: “Chinese Fictions of Power and Political Change: Kafka, Brecht, Segalen, Lu Xun, Lao She”; University of Aix-Marseille I, 18 December 2004, summa cum laude.
Committee: Yves Chevrier (EHESS), Noël Dutrait (Université of Aix-Marseille I ), Jean-Pierre Morel (University of Paris III, President), Fridrun Rinner (Université of Aix-Marseille I, Supervisor), Jean-Marie Schaeffer (CNRS-EHESS), Yinde Zhang (University of Paris III).

2001/2004
Teaching Asst., Dept. of Comparative literature , University of Aix-en-Provence

2000
Lecturer, French Dept., Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.

1997/1998
Teaching Assistant, French Dept., Brown University, Providence (RI), USA
 
To download a complete list of publications (Word doc, updated 1/1/2013), click here

 

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