Founded In    1976
Published   semiannually
Language(s)   English

Fields of Interest


literary and cultural studies

ISSN   1729-6897
Editorial Board

Tsu-Chung Su

Chun-yen Jo Chen
Wei-Cheng Chu
Iping Liang
Pin-chia Feng
Amie Parry
Frank W. Stevenson
Jung Su
Chih-ming Wang

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

1.        Manuscripts should be submitted in English. Please send the manuscript, an abstract, a list of keywords, and a vita as Word-attachments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Alternatively, please mail us two hard copies and an IBM-compatible diskette copy. Concentric will acknowledge receipt of the submission but will not return it after review.

2.        Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Except for footnotes in single space, manuscripts must be double-spaced, typeset in 12-point Times New Roman.

3.        To facilitate the Journal’s anonymous refereeing process, there must be no indication of personal identity or institutional affiliation in the manuscript proper. The name and institution of the author should appear on a separate title page or in the vita. The author may cite his/her previous works, but only in the third person.

4.        The Journal will not consider for publication manuscripts being simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

5.        If the paper has been published or submitted elsewhere in a language other than English, please make available two copies of the non-English version. Concentric may not consider submissions already available in other languages.

6.        One copy of the Journal and fifteen off-prints of the article will be provided to the author(s) on publication.

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Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies

Emerging as one of the best journals of its kind produced outside of West, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies is, in the words of Professor Ronald Bogue, “one of the most vibrant and innovative vehicles of transcultural exchange active today.” Its history traces back to 1976 when the journal was published as a joint study of the English language and literature. Starting from 1999, it has become a medium devoted to exclusively literary and cultural studies. It is now published biannually in March and September by Bookman Books, Ltd. for the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, in Taipei, Taiwan. A peer-reviewed journal, Concentric is dedicated to offering innovative perspectives on literary and cultural issues, as well as to initiating the transcultural exchange of ideas. While foregrounding Asian—and particularly Taiwanese—points of view, Concentric encourages all perspectives and approaches including comparative and interdisciplinary ones, and welcomes original contributions from diverse national and cultural backgrounds, which address any of the many dimensions of literatures and cultures. Concentric is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography; the Taiwan Humanities Citation Index (THCI); and in PerioPath: An Index to Chinese Periodical Literature.


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Transnational Taiwan, Volume 36, Number 1

Introduction: Transnational Taiwan

The Transnational in Taiwan History: A Preliminary Exploration

Transnational concerns the movement of peoples, ideas, technologies and institutions across national boundaries. In view of this, Taiwan provides a rich "laboratory" for the study of transnational connections and comparisons. A comprehensive discussion of Transnational Taiwan cannot do without its historical component. I am interested in knowing the extent to which this approach has the potential to develop new understandings of the past by highlighting historical processes and relationships that transcend nation states and connect apparently separate worlds. The very geographical position of Taiwan Island puts it at the crossroads of maritime, cross-cultural, and interactional connections in the wake of the age of discovery. I start with a brief definition of the terminology, followed by a discussion that situates the transnational emergence in Taiwanese historiography. Special attention will be paid to the several discourses that have developed over the past five decades. The essay will conclude with some suggestions how transnational approaches to Taiwan history are promising in the context of the ever changing geopolitical situation present day.

Risky Fiction: Betrayal and Romance in The Jing Affair

In this paper, I analyze an obscure 1965 Cold War novel, The Jing Affair, written by a US government official serving in the Far East Affairs Department under the pseudonym of D. J. Spencer. The novel imagines an attempt by a high KMT official, named Jing, to turn Taiwan over to Chinese communists: this presents an imminent threat to Taiwan's independence and American national interests. Featuring a Taiwanese-American hero who succeeds in preventing this act of betrayal, The Jing Affair is a political romance about Chinese treason, Taiwanese revolution, and CIA covert operations, set in the impending Taiwan Strait Crises of the 1950s. This risky fiction leads us to reflect on how an imaginary crisis can be productive, for it means imagining an alternative history that bears on political reality. The novel's Hollywood-esque meshing of political suspense and romantic subplots also reveals the sort of risky connections between fantasy and politics that could put real lives at risk.

Taiwan Literature: A Minoritizing Project

Inspired by Deleuze and Guattari's concept of minor literature, this paper seeks a viable perspective of understanding Taiwan literature in the transnational/global context. As it is well known, minor literature does not specify any particular type of literature or indicate any literature produced by specific groups; rather, it designates an internal linguistic variation or transformation, a form of becoming that is associated with social change and a people-to-come. Taiwan literature, Lai He as a case in point, whose establishment replies mostly on its linguistic experiments on Mandarin and whose accomplishment immediately forms solidarity within its community, provides a perfect example for minor literature. However, to draw analogies between the two does not intend to testify to the existence of a minor literature; rather, it proposes to look into a local literature through the lens of the minor, exploring how it can become a mode of writing and existence for the dominated people. It argues that the minor as a perspective may shed light on the understanding of a literature of the dominated beyond linguistic, ethnic, national and cultural boundaries, especially in the flux of transnational/global flows.

Colonial Reminiscence, Japanophilia Trend, and Taiwanese Grassroots Imagination in Cape No. 7

In just two months after its debut in theaters on August 23, 2008, Cape No. 7 (海角七號) generated a whopping 450 million NTD in box office sales, pulling the Taiwanese cinema market out of the slump it had been stuck in for so long. This film brought adolescents which had nearly abandoned the Taiwanese cinema scene flocking back to the theaters. From August to October, viewing Cape No. 7 became a national pastime for web citizens. This paper will investigate the film and its social and cultural phenomena from three directions: First, the cultural transference between Taiwan's colonial reminiscence and the Japanophilia trend in the wake of glocalization. Second, post-modern simulacrum and the cultural phenomena of Cape No. 7. Third, an open, tolerant, multi-dimensional grassroots imagination as an emancipatory power in a place-based transnational social sphere.

Marginalizing Women: Forced Marriage, Witchcraft Accusations, and the Social Machinery of Landownership in The Witch of Edmonton

A Cock-and-Bull Story? A Study of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy and Michael Winterbottom's Film Adaptation

Color (Un)conscious: Psychoanalysis, Resistance, and the Specter/Spectacle of Race

Musical Culture and Social Ideology in Vienna circa 1800: Aristocratic Patronage and Bourgeois Reception of Joseph Haydn's Oratorios

"But the Greatest of These is Love": Desire for the Father and Agape in Toni Morrison's Love

Neoliberal Governance and Popular Postfeminisms in Contemporary Anglo-American Chick Lit

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