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date: 19 January 2020

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Chinese-language writers have grappled with the destruction of environments at home and abroad for millennia. Analyzing more closely precisely how they have done so, becoming more attentive to the ecological resonances in creative production of all types, exposes our vulnerabilities at the same time that it points to possibilities for the future, alternative ways of caregiving and giving care, and different types of resilience, if not immunity. This chapter discusses the ecological resonances of two works of Chinese-language literature set against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Taiwanese writer Chu T’ien-wen’s Notes of a Desolate Man (1994) and mainland Chinese writer Yan Lianke’s Dream of Ding Village (2006). It analyzes how Notes probes the intricacies and paradoxes of caregiving and how Dream engages with the interdependence and shared fragility of people and landscapes.

Keywords: ecocriticism, HIV/AIDS, Chu T’ien-wen, Yan Lianke

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