Why nostalgia matters in our age: theorising nostalgia

[Excerpt from my dissertation Hong Kong New Nostalgia Cinema: Reconstructing Local Subjectivity in the Cinematic Nostalgic Space.] Nostalgia has long been entwined with the nationalist and patriotic sentiments at the rudimentary stage. The word itself (from Greek nóstos “return home” and álgos “pain”), originated in the 17th century as a pathological entity denoting an acute homesickness, and … More Why nostalgia matters in our age: theorising nostalgia

[CULTURE] Chinese Science Fiction: Where does it come from? Where is it going?

Last Saturday, the most-loved Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin and Chinese-British novelist Guo Xiaolu together brought a stimulating dialogue, on the past and present of Chinese science fiction. As a marginal literature genre in China, science fiction has gained increasing prominence from home and abroad in the recent years, especially with Liu Cixin’s internationally celebrated … More [CULTURE] Chinese Science Fiction: Where does it come from? Where is it going?

Flaubert’s Parrot: A quest of the elusive truth

Flaubert’s Parrot, by Julian Barns, Vintage Books, 2009, 190pp. Words do not only mirror the truth; they can also fashion its own truth, and in turn distorts the established truth. This is what Julian Barns tries to rationalize in his novel Flaubert’s Parrot, a trailblazing subversion of our empirical perception of the relationship between artistic … More Flaubert’s Parrot: A quest of the elusive truth