On 2 May, Lingnan University invited The Hong Kong Jockey Club Distinguished Visiting Professors between 2009 and 2013 to a forum entitled “In the name of the May Fourth: A Literary Forum” and speak on literary topics relating to mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Prof Chung Ling, former Associate Vice-President of Hong Kong Baptist University and Distinguished Visiting Professor 2013, spoke on “The Subversive Strategies of Literary Works by Contemporary Taiwanese Poetesses”, looking into how contemporary Taiwanese poetesses employed different stylistic strategies to overthrow the ideology of the patriarchal society.
Prof Wang Xiaoming, Head of the Cultural Studies Programme of Shanghai University and Distinguished Visiting Professor 2011, gave a speech on “Early Modern Thinking and Modern Chinese Literature” to expound the three phases towards Chinese “modernisation”.
Prof Mei Chia-ling, Professor of the Department of Chinese Literature at National Taiwan University and Distinguished Visiting Professor 2012, discussed “The Pursuit for Modernity of ‘Sound’ and Chinese Literature”, exploring how “sound” participated in the development of modern Chinese literature.
Entitled “From Mo Yan’s Award to Contemporary Chinese Literature”, the speech by Prof Chen Sihe, Professor of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Fudan University and Distinguished Visiting Professor 2009, reviewed the award acceptance speech given by Mo Yan for his Nobel Prize in Literature.
Prof Liu Zaifu, Visiting Researcher at the University of Colorado and Distinguished Visiting Professor 2010, compared Gao Xingjian and Mo Yan in his paper entitled “The Sequel to the Comparative Study of Gao Xingjian and Mo Yan” from three perspectives. As Prof Liu was unable to attend the forum, his paper was read by his daughter Liu Jianmei, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland.
Prof Wolfgang Kubin, Professor of the Institute of Oriental & Asian Studies at the University of Bonn and Distinguished Visiting Professor 2010, spoke on the topic “Mo Yan, Gao Xingjian and the Literary Crisis”, comparing the works of Gao and Mo with masterpieces from world literature and discussing their weaknesses.
Alongside the visiting professors, Prof Leo Lee Ou-fan, Sin Wai Kin Professor of Chinese Culture, Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Prof Huang Ziping, Chair Professor of Renmin University of China; Prof Lau Shiu-ming, Emeritus Professor of Lingnan University; Prof Lee Hung-kai, Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs); Prof Stephen Chan, Academic Dean of Faculty of Arts; and Prof Xu Zidong, Head of the Department of Chinese were invited to be moderators and reviewers at various sessions.