The debates on foreign literature research in the early 1990s have formed an assumption of binary opposition between the “homegrown” and the “foreign”. Chinese scholars realized that Western issues cannot be taken as self-evident. However, when highlighting the transformation of Western theoretical paradigms from the local perspective, they tend to overprioritize the homegrown experience as the focal point to construct a form of discourse that in fact becomes a copy of the Western narrative of identity. This article takes the logical contradiction inherent in the debates as the point of departure, conducts a critical interpretation of them, and proposes a decentered antagonistic narrative after deconstructing the identification principle of “the homegrown”.


debates, the homegrown perspective, cultural identity, discursive program, close reading

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