Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University

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Possible Orientation for Development

Our program will make use of current staffs and courses as a foundation, combine resources from on and off campus, involve visiting scholars and professors, as well as hosting a wide range of academic events, domestic and overseas, in order to deepen and broaden the scope of Taiwan literary research. Possible emphases of future development are as follow:

1. Developing and localizing research into the subjectivity of Taiwan Literature

   The subjectivity of Taiwan Literature and localization of its research have become commonly recognized in both academia and society, but how to make such research more expansive and comprehensive in its focus and direction has been in question, raising the bar for quality in the field. Below are the two main methods to be employed:  
   The first is to encourage students to make good use of resources; NTU is proud of its rich collection of documents and has been collecting many more resources related to Taiwan Literature, including drafts of literary works, literary publications, magazines, and even bibliographical data from Japanese Colonial Period and Post-war period. To be more precise, writers such as Huang Deshi, Yang Yunping, Bai Xianyong, Wang Wenxing, Yu Guangzhong, Lin Wenyue have contributed to the National Taiwan University Humanities Library, and there are special Libraries of Inou kanoli
(伊能嘉矩), Hisabo Tenzui (久保天隋) and Yang Yunping, availing many historical documents to scholars and students. Our Institute will launch related course as guidance for students in research methodology of Taiwan Literature and help students gain ability to view issues from a localized viewpoints.

   The second method is to group research teams of professors, combine their skills, working towards a common goal: since January 2005, all the teaching staff have been participating in joint research projects, in which the faculty combine the resources in NTU with various research methodology, investigate into the development and the knowledge structure of Taiwan Literature, in order to contribute to the enrichment and expansion of localized studies in Taiwan Literature and its subjectivity.


2. The Practical Yield of Collaborative Efforts by Staff Traversing Different Fields of Research

  Current literary studies are often mixed with (cross-)cultural studies. Therefore, in research and teaching, the faculty has been doing research projects and related courses that bridge multiple research fields. In the future, we intend to enhance collaborations between different research fields, such as allowing staffs of the Arts, Law and Social Sciences Colleges having classes in the Institute, or creating elective courses that includes other Graduate Institutes, in order to make students realize the mutual influences and possibility between Taiwanese Literature, Culture, History and Society. We will also make use of NTU’s Plan for Raising Standards of Comprehensive Literary Fields and other unaffiliated resources, such as the Jian Jinghui Humanities Lecture Series and the Bai Xianyong Literary Lecture Series; we are also planning to invite famous international scholars and experts from various fields as guest professors and set up courses in western literary theory courses. Possible activities held would also including academic series of lectures, research internships, that avail students to literary theory.


3. Interacting with East Asian academia and Maintaining Dialogue with the International Community

   Research into Taiwan literature in 21st century cannot remain isolated from the world. In fact, looking back on the origin and history of Taiwan literature, we can find it stemming from the shift in globalization, and mutual influence of East Asia and Taiwan as well as interactions of Taiwan and the international community are of importance. Therefore, we are also fostering research into Interaction with East Asia and Dialogue with the International Community. We have been in co-operation with the Music Department at National Taiwan University and the Historical Linguistics Institute at Academia Sinica, hosting an international conference Cultural Enlightenment and the Production of Knowledge. In 2006 and 2007 we also held a conference with the Chinese Graduate Institute of Tokyo University; in 2008 we hosted International Graduate Student Conference on Currents in East Asian Literature and Cultural Transmission, in which scholars and Graduate Students from Tokyo University, The University of Hong Kong and The University of Singapore attended, which realizes the interaction with East Asia.

   Therefore, this Institute’s future goal also includes focusing students’ attention to the dialectical relationship between Taiwan and East Asian Literature and that between Taiwan and World Literature.

  The first way to achieve the goal is to strengthen bibliographical resources: NTU already possesses an abundant collection of Japanese books, which can be helpful in researching the relation between Japan and Taiwan; contemporary literature can be seen through its connection to Literatures of Hong Kong, East Asia and even Europe and America. The second is to engage related scholars and to launch related courses; we have invited Professor She Guoqing from UCSB, Ma Yueran from the Swedish Academy, Professor Li Oufan from University of Hong Kong, Professor Ye Weilian from the UCSD, Professor Li Yu from NYU, and Professor Shi Shumei from UCLA, to hold classes and give lectures.


4. Encouraging International Relations, and Realizing Teaching and Research Related to Communication with the International Community

  Since the beginning, we have encountered a constant urge for International Academic Relations. Not just through inviting foreign scholars to lecture or act as guest professors, we have also had faculty and students form research units and attend research activities on Taiwan Literature abroad, allowing them to explore others’ perspectives with great passion. In addition, we currently have cooperative relations with Heidelberg University, and SOAS, the three institutes enforcing together Taiwanese Language Education Cooperative Project.

  Based on the statements above, the concrete aims of the Institute in terms of International Relations include:

 (1) Using current research methodology as a basis to enhance the provision of Graduate Diplomas for International Students, satisfying those who come to Taiwan to conduct research;

 (2) Enhancing and encouraging interactions between faculty and students of the different schools, besides current cooperation with Tokyo University, Heidelberg University, SOAS, University of Hong Kong, University of Singapore, Beijing University, University of California, University of Washington, and University of Columbia.

 (3) Cooperating with the Office of International Affairs, and working on existing exchange student project and joint recognition, and at the same time encouraging our own students to study abroad, and strengthen students' interest in Taiwan Literature.

 (4) Enforcing joint research projects with prestigious schools overseas by means of having Taiwan-related courses and research projects and send student and faculty abroad to allow students to learn from each other and realize the aim of internationalization.