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East Asian Comparative Literature and Culture responds to the urgent need for a more complex understanding and appreciation of this region by publishing substantial comparative research on the literary and cultural traditions of East Asia and their relation to the world. We showcase original research on the methodology and practice of comparison, including intra- and trans-regional comparisons of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam; explorations of entanglements and mutual representations of Western and East Asian traditions; examinations of the relationship between the East Asian Sinographic Sphere and non-Sinographic textual cultures such as Manchu, Uyghur, and Tibetan; and multipolar comparisons that examine East Asian literatures and cultures in the light of their relations with South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, or Latin America.

The series focuses on the interpretive sciences, namely core humanities disciplines such as literature, history, religion, philosophy and thought, art history, musicology, performance or media studies. It also welcomes contributions adopting culturally-informed approaches in archeology, historical geography, anthropology, political science, sociology, or linguistics. Our historical moment demands that we as scholars combine comparative analysis with the depth of area-study-expertise and philology, theoretical acumen, and a courageous orientation towards the exploration of fundamental questions that matter to us today. This is the tall order that this book series and the authors we feature are taking on. We are confident, however, that East Asian Comparative Literature and Culture will enable a deeper mutual understanding, and successfully integrate knowledge about and approaches to different literary and cultural traditions through critical comparative examination. We see clearly the relevance of the humanities to the world we are living in now, and aim to make significant contributions to humanistic scholarship and, ultimately, to the creation of a less divisive, more equal, and better world for all.

context of maritime trade, 7 Harsh V. Pant comments: Home to four critical access waterways — the Suez Canal, Bab-el-Mandeb, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Strait of Malacca — the Indian Ocean connects the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia with Europe and the Americas. Given its crucial geographical

In: Eastern and Western Synergies and Imaginations

country in East Africa, where the hiv prevalence rate is 5.9 percent; 60 percent of Kenyans who have tested positive for hiv are on arv medications. The Kenyan Ministry of Health reported the nation’s first aids case in 1984, among sex workers, and the following year authorities launched the

In: Global Healing

makes clear the devastating implications of fearing the stigmas surrounding hiv / aids more than being committed to fighting the disease. 11 Aldin Mutembei’s novella, written originally in Swahili for language classes in East Africa, opens in Kagera (northwest Tanzania) at the end of the brutal

In: Global Healing
Author: Shamil Jeppie

Shakespeare into his native Tswana language. 3 Plaatje has been extensively studied but he is just one of a generation of black African men of letters. Anglophone West and East Africa—just to stick to the Anglo sphere of colonial rule and education—also have its mission-school educated elites whose work is

In: Philological Encounters

literature offered new forecasts for relations between Eastern and Western cultures and civilizations. The Silk Road, which dates back to ancient China, is a major transportation hub connecting Asia, East Africa, and Europe. It is also known as “the Canal of Human Civilization” and “the Womb of Global

In: Journal of Chinese Humanities