Founded In    1993
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ISSN   1024-3131
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Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities

Founded in April 1993 by the College of Liberal Arts at the National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, the Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities is now published twice a year. The English-Chinese bilingual journal solicits scholarly papers concerning various topics in the study of human sciences.


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DISCIPLINE in Literature and Literary Studies , Issue 20

A Fledging Field: Medieval European Studies in Taiwan, 1980-2000

Culling from a recent annotated bibliography project of medieval and Renaissance studies in Taiwan, this author sets out to investigate the status and issues faced by Medieval European studies in Taiwan between 1980 and 2000. Apart from books and chapters in anthologies, learned articles incorporated in this project are primarily those gleaned from scholarly periodicals, proceedings of conferences, academic journals, master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, monographs and critical introductions of books. Essays in the literary page of newspapers, translation articles (except those with scholarly values) and unpublished research reports are not considered for this purpose. Two large domains are included in this survey: historical studies and literary studies. The low production of scholarly medieval studies basically reflects the number of medievalists in Taiwan. In general, the vista of medieval studies depends on personal interests and the resources researchers can gain access to. Aside from various topics and issues that engage the attention of medievalists in the field, large scale and collaborative studies are conspicuously absent. Occasionally, there are studies that go beyond the boundary of language restriction, e.g. the study of Anglo-Norman writers. Translations of primary texts are picking up in this survey period though focusing mainly on a handful of major authors. In terms of interpretive strategies, medieval studies in the Taiwan scene are conventional and very much patterned after their western colleagues yet less vigorously developed. All in all, medieval researchers in Taiwan are limited in number, resources, institutional support and are confined to developing their areas of concentration. Yet, the present situation is already largely improved from that of the previous decade of this survey period though medieval studies is still a fledging field.

Ups and Downs: The Personal in Academic Writing

What is proper in critical writing? For the first time, the inclusion of personal experience. But not on the part of every critic. Through a comparison of two articles and then two books within a framework of the author's own personal experience of what can and cannot be represented, the article argues for the abiding authority of professional identity as well as institutional hierarchy in the presentation of the personal in critical discourse.

The Course of Interdisciplinarity

“Interdisciplinarity” is one of the cornerstones of the humanities today. Why is it so popular? For a simple reason: interdisciplinarity is the institutional counterpart of two prominent movements in higher education, postmodernism and identity politics. Both are marked by skepticism toward truth, objectivity, and coherent narratives. Interdisciplinarity is the form they take in a university─the mixing of methods and theories, but also departments and personnel. For the faithful, interdisciplinarity is the professional outcome of the collapse of traditional norms of inquiry. “The Course of Interdisciplinarity” discusses the process, but adds a final question. What about the outcomes for students in interdisciplinary programs? Interdisciplinarity promises a better understanding of the world, and students passing through the programs should prove it. But what do young people know about civics, history, culture, geography, and current events? Precious little. Surveys of the knowledge of young Americans reveal one dismal finding after another. This is just a correlation─the rise of interdisciplinarity and the feeble knowledge of undergraduates─but the burden is on interdisciplinarians. Until they show the effectiveness of their pedagogy, they should be treated with skepticism.

From Cultural Skin to Cultural Therapeutics: Body, Alterity and Media Image Experience

In this paper, firstly, I would argue that a “new psychology,” hidden in the technically mediated situatedness evoked by Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of cinema, will be an important clue for a thematic study of the issue of alterity in Merleau-Ponty’s “new ontology.” Secondly, I would argue that Deleuze was wrong when he identified the media image experience for phenomenology merely as a derivative or secondary experience in comparison with natural perceptual visual experience, but he indeed found the notion of “intentionality” insufficient for declaring a philosophy of film. Thirdly, through the critique of Deleuze, I would argue that if this “new psychology” of “second intentionality” implies a techno-psychology in cultural skin, in the sense of McLuhan and Jameson, of contemporary daily media image experience and a possible cultural therapeutics, whose embodiment will have to be based upon a new ontology of alterity. And we will use the phenomenological analyses of media image experience by Don Ihde and Robert Romanyshyn as clues to prove this ontology of alterity as reversibility and ecart via technological embodiment.

English Idioms of Anger: A case Study of Metaphor and Metonymy

This paper is intended to examine metaphors and metonymies for anger inherent in contemporary English idioms. The analysis is done in terms of the Lakovian approach on a corpus of all the anger idioms in Cambridge International Dictionary of Idiom (1998). Two major findings are procured. First, while English idioms of anger are generally motivated by underlying metaphors or metonymies, the pertinent Lakovian patterns can account for barely half of the anger idioms in the corpus. Thus in this paper six additional metaphors or metonymies are extrapolated to supplement the Lakovian patterns. Second, causality metonymy is by far the most productive model that English idioms of anger reflect. The effect-for-cause and cause-for-effect metonymies present the two-way feature of a general metonymical pattern.

Exploration of The Relationship Between Shi Zhuan Da Quan and Qin Ding Shi Jing Chuan Shuo Hui Zuan-The Continuity and Development of Government Education of Shi Zhuan in Ming Dynasty

By analyzing how the perspective transmitted from Qin din Shi jin chuan shuo hui zuan into Shi zhuan da quan, this essay, both in terms of the continuity and development of Government education of Shi jing, probes both the similarities and differences between these two books, which represent authoritative perspectives of Shi jing, and the effect that Shi zhuan da quan had on Shi jing in Government education in Ching Dynasty. Through comparing and examining divergences of scholars, references and quotations, cited both in Qin din Shi jin chuan shuo hui zuan and Shi zhuan da quan, we know that Shi zhuan da quan regards Zhu Xi’s Shi ji zhuan, as its ultimate interpretations, while Qin din Shi jin chuan shuo hui zuan highly recommends Shi ji zhuan, not taking it as its only standard though. Furthermore, the differences between these two books present the real transition of shi jing xue in Ming and Ching Dynasty. The result of this research not only helps us clarify and understand the transition of official Shi jin between these two dynasties, but also provides more practical assists, which are beneficial to the research of entire Shi jing partially.

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