Glocalizing Hong Kong Anglophone Literature: Locating Xu Xi’s Writing Across the Decades

Jason Eng Hun Lee*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter traces the development of Xu Xi’s novelistic oeuvre over two decades, from Chinese Walls (1994) to That Man in Our Lives (2016). Lee depicts how Xu Xi’s “outsider-insider” perspective allows her to indigenize her own creative works within Hong Kong by yoking together local and cosmopolitan sensibilities, even as she emphasizes the contradictions of writing about a territory that is constantly being reconfigured by the forces of cultural nationalism and neoliberalism. Lee argues that Xu Xi’s formulation of a Hong Kong literature resists convergence with an increasingly modish yet recognizable global “Chinese” literature and, that by positing her writings on Hong Kong rather as a subset of global fiction, she is reframing Hong Kong Anglophone writing as a form of glocal literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Conflict in Hong Kong
Subtitle of host publicationAngles on a Coherent Imaginary
EditorsJason S. Polley, Vinton W. K. Poon, Lian-Hee Wee
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811077661
ISBN (Print)9789811077654, 9789811339967
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chineseness
  • Glocality
  • Hong Kong literature
  • Hybridity
  • Xu Xi


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