This article addresses the problems of foreign literature and theory studies in China, focusing particularly on the “China questions” since the twenty-first century. Through a case study of Joseph Hillis Miller’s “end of literature” and its critical reception in China, this article reveals the China questions of the academic community behind the Miller phenomenon, that is, “emphasizing professionalism while ignoring thought”,“stressing academic research over voice in the academic community”, and “practicing criticism butno critical thinking.” Chinese academic community should makeefforts to combine the translation of foreign literature and theory with the construction of a Chinese critical discourse and endeavor to establish a problem-driven, critical, and even revolutionary attitude, so as to build solid foundations for a critical discourse with Chinese characteristics and to widen its international influence.


foreign literature and theory studies, China questions, symptomatic reading, Miller phenomenon, academic community

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