Professor Yu-yu Cheng
Academician of Academia Sinica, the Chair Professor of Chinese literature at National Taiwan University, is devoted to developing pioneering and interdisciplinary interpretations of Chinese classical literature by combining the Eastern and Western humanistic thoughts. She enjoys an international reputation for her contribution to the discourses of space , body, and Chinese lyrical tradition.
Prompted in part by both new forms of poetry and anxieties over industrial civilization, a number of shifts, contentions, and literary experiments concerning Chinese, or Han, poetry emerged around the “Poetic Revolution” and the “Literary Revolution.” This lecture provides an outline on how related discourses gave rise to these changes, including poetic articulation and cadence as well as ranging from word order to texture. Through “utterability,” these shifts imitate the to-and-fro dynamic nature of one’s interiority, and concurrently via “ embodiment,” display the existing fluctuations between the other and the self 物我, whether in “response” 相感or in “relation” 相对to one another. These notions are unable to be fixed by contemporary linguistics, but rather engage in a linguistic phenomenon of reworking, of which must take place through the physical self, and in reality, this “modern” transformation of Chinese poetry had already been proclaimed at the beginning of the twentieth century.