Recap: 2023 Markus Lecture with Professor Michel Hockx (University of Notre Dame)

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Zev Handel, Michel Hockx, and Chris Hamm at the 2023 Markus lecture

The 2023 Andrew L. Markus Memorial Lecture titled "Inevitable Impositions: Censorship and Modern Chinese Literature" was given by Professor Michel Hockx (Professor of Chinese Literature, University of Notre Dame) on Monday, May 8, 2023, 5 – 8 p.m. in Kane 225. This lecture drew on the insights of New Censorship Studies to discuss examples of censorship of modern Chinese literature from both before and after the 1949 communist takeover. 

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This event drew a large audience of over eighty attendees this year, including members of the UW and members of the public. The event was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A session and a reception enjoyed by all.  

On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 3:30-5:00 in the Gowen M223 conference room a small seminar for graduate students called "Internet Literature in China Revisited" was also held.

During this meeting, Michel Hockx looked back on his book about Chinese online literature from nearly a decade ago, as well as discussed more recent work in the field, both by himself and by other scholars. The emphasis was on the ways in which online literature crosses geographical, moral, and political boundaries.

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