Haun Saussy on History-Writing and Moral Community in China

HUM-De Carle Lecture Saussy Poster 14The third in Haun Saussy’s series of De Carle Lectures, delivered in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Thursday, 2 October 2014, is now available for download as an MP3 or MP4. In “History-Writing and Moral Community in China,” Saussy argues that, “the Chinese claim, seen with increasing frequency in current soft-power propaganda campaigns, of ‘5000 years of history’ needs to be read in light of a process, over 2000 years long itself, of consensus-building by, of and for historians. How does such a thing as the Chinese Empire become, first an imaginary solution, then an inescapable reality, for a large part of humanity? The arts of rhetorical reading help us to see the successive articulations of what we now know as ‘China’ or ‘Zhongguo.'” Saussy’s first two lectures can be downloaded here. His fourth and final lecture will be posted shortly.

About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is associate professor in English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia University Press, 2019), A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham University Press, 2012), and of numerous essays, which have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, Slavic Review, and The China Quarterly.
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