國立臺南大學專任教師基本資料
姓名嚴子陵
系所英語學系
職稱副教授
校內分機901
EMAILyanziling@mail.nutn.edu.tw
辦公室文薈樓601b
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專長/研究領域Austrian literature, Post-structuralism, Literature and economy
學位畢業學校國別主修學門修業期間
B.A.University of WashingtonUSAComparative Literature1987-1990
M.A.University of WashingtonUSAComparative Literature1990-1992
Ph.D.University of WashingtonUSAComparative Literature1992-1999
服務機關部門系所職稱服務期間
長榮大學Translation Department助理教授1999/08-2000/07
實踐大學,台北Applied Foreign Languages助理教授2000/08-2004/07
立德大學Applied Foreign Languages助理教授2004/08-2006/07
國立台南大學Department of English助理教授2006/08-present
著作名稱:Economic Investigations in Twentieth-Century Detective Fiction: Expenditure, Labor, Value
年度:2015
類別:專書
摘要:In his study of Golden Age and hard-boiled detective fiction from 1890 to 1950, Yan Zi-Ling argues that these two subgenres can be distinguished not only by theme and style, but by the way they structure knowledge, value, and productive labour. Using the detective as a reference point and enactor of socially based interests, Yan shows that Golden Age texts are distinguished by their conservationism (and not only by their conservatism), with the detectives’ actions serving to stabilize institutions with specific ideological aims. In contrast, the criminal investigations of the hard-boiled detective, who is poorly aligned with institutions and strong interest groups, reveal the fragility of the status quo in the face of escalating cycles of violence. Key to Yan’s discussion are theories of exchange, value, and the gift, the latter of which he suggests is more akin to detective work than is wage labour. Analyzing texts by a wide range of authors that includes Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy Sayers, Raoul Whitfield, George Harmon Coxe, and Mickey Spillane, Yan demonstrates that the detective’s truth-generating function, most often characterized as a process of discovery rather than creation, is in fact crucial to the institutional and class-based interests that he or she serves.
關鍵字:detective fiction, popular culture, labor, economics, literary criticism
著作名稱:Salyer, Jeffrey W. “Lines of Sight: Perspective in Thomas Bernhard’s Korrektur.” Modern Austrian Literature (in press).
年度:2009
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著作名稱:Spatial Representation in Three Detective Fiction Subgenres
年度:2018
類別:期刊論文
摘要:In this study I examine a limited aspect of spatial representation in Golden Age, hard-boiled, and postmodern detective fiction. I situate these representations within a theory of architectural enclosure, Tschumi’s pyramid/labyrinth distinction, then employ concepts derived from Gestalt theory as pointing up an ideological tendency in the Golden Age floor plans and diagrams by which crime is contained and spaces are normalized. John Dickson Carr’s The Problem of the Wire Cage serves as a test case. The subsequent sections offer spatial analyses of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Whosis Kid” and “Dead Yellow Women” and Paul Auster’s City of Glass. Hammett’s stories illustrate the breakdown of visual mastery in disorienting spaces whose textual representation parallels the Op’s own limited knowledge. Auster’s diagrams appear to offer a synthesis of prior positions: he incorporates plans which seem to promise meaning but which ultimately fail to establish certainty. I argue, however, that Auster’s plans are most effectively read in their specific socio-historical and political context and that the performative loss of referential certainty in his protagonist reflects a form of critique that differs from earlier genres’ use of these figures.
關鍵字:detective fiction, space, floor plans, Gestalt theory, representation
著作名稱:Lines of Sight: Perspective in Thomas Bernhard’s Korrektur
年度:2010
類別:期刊論文
摘要:The historical understanding of cones and conic sections, functioning as metaphors and perspectival de-centerings, provides a basis to engage Bernhard’s Wohnkegel in Korrektur. Discursive mastery, in Roithamer’s meditative fragments and the narrator’s recapitulation of his engagement with those fragments, is related to this conic problem as a tendency to self-erasure through infinite displacement.
關鍵字:Thomas Bernhard, Korrektur, space, architecture, perspective
著作名稱:Mastery and Mock Dialectic in Thomas Bernhard’s Correction
年度:2010
類別:期刊論文
摘要:A central conflict in Thomas Bernhards novel Correction concerns the relation between the narrator and his deceased friend, Roithamer, for whom the narrator serves as literary executor. Although Roithamer is dead, the two men nonetheless appear to enter a conflictive struggle involving domination and mastery since the narrator understands Roithamer’s bequest as an aggressive gesture intended to destroy him. Though the general form of the contest resembles the Hegelian master-slave dialectic, the dialectic is subjected to two types of critique. The first critical point concerns the theatricalization or staging of conflict in Höller’s garret, the spatial focus of the novel; the second is connected to identity and the recuperation of meaning vis-à-vis correction in the special sense of the novel’s title. Although the notion of dialectic as a process initiated by non-identity is already present in the special meaning of correction, by which concepts are ruthlessly subjected to negations of negations, correction also refers to suicide—Roithamer “corrects” himself out of existence. In this sense of correction, the struggle does indeed respond to internal contradiction but cannot be recuperated in sublation; the result is more akin to abstract negation, annihilation, and therefore an attack on the very conditions which make meaning possible. The question remains whether the narrator is compelled to function slavishly by extending recognition to Roithamer through his labor, or whether he can evade both the “restricted economy” of Hegelian negation without succumbing to Roithamer’s extreme act of self-destruction. Several critics (Adorno, Deleuze, and Derrida) point the way through these two applications of Hegel—first, in helping to show how what is in fact happening, in the potential discursive reduction of Roithamer through the labor of the narrator, is either mock-dialectic or formal liquidation and second, in pointing up the significance of the narrator’s laughter.
關鍵字:Thomas Bernhard, Correction, negation, master-slave dialectic, abstract negativity, theatricality
著作名稱:Women, Economics, and Sherlock Holmes’s Gift-Labor
年度:2018
類別:期刊論文
摘要:Detective fiction of all types is distinguished by its close attention to work, work which is frequently construed as gift. The gift character of detective labor, which first registers as unremunerated labor, ultimately incurs unpayable debts with ostensibly valuable social functions. But far from genuinely registering as aneconomic, the detective’s gift-labor frequently entails investment in specific social interests, which, depending upon the subgenre, tends towards the affirmation or negation of dominant modes of social control. Classical detective fiction, exemplified in this essay by early Sherlock Holmes narratives, functions as such an invested gift, one which reinforces an economic frame producing calculated returns involving the reification and circulation of women. The theoretical framework underpinning this analysis begins from Lévi-Strauss’s connection between incest prohibition and the gift; this premise is in turn conjoined to a capitalist worldview through Bataille’s analysis of marriage and eroticism. After examining the themes of labor and marriage in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, I offer an analysis of three celebrated texts from this collection: “A Case of Identity,” “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.” From these stories, I determine that Holmes consistently buttresses notions of economic exchange whereby women are regarded as forms of capital whose circulation must contend with the blocks posed by recalcitrant father figures. Holmes’s intervention forces this “gift” of women, thereby contesting the obstacles represented by these hoarding fathers.
關鍵字:detective fiction, labor, gift, economics, marriage, Arthur Conan Doyle
著作名稱:“‘The Millstone of His Own Likeness’: Photography as Disclosure, Concealment, and Correspondence in Detective Fiction.”
年度:2016
類別:期刊論文
摘要:The rise, expansion, and popularization of photography (and the uses to which it was put by law enforcement agencies) parallel the expanded presence of photography in detective fiction. During the late nineteenth century, the emerging disciplines of criminology, psychology, and sociology discovered the inestimable value of the fixed and measurable image, subject to reproduction, distribution, and minute study, to their respective fields. By 1935 Henry Morton Robinson declares confidently that after the criminal’s image is photographically captured and archived, his apprehension is all but guaranteed: “from that moment forward the millstone of his own likeness is inexorably fastened around his neck; wherever he goes it betrays his infamous identity, and, if he is a fugitive, makes certain his ultimate detection and capture.” The reference to “identity” and “detection” presumes that individuality cannot long remain secret or hidden away when subjected to the impersonal gaze of the photographic apparatus. The disclosure of this identity is mediated by a supposed correspondence between photograph and world, undistorted by ideological forces. This view, though assumed by early authors like R. Austin Freeman and Arthur B. Reeve, is undercut by American detective fiction authors from the late 1930s onwards—cautiously in George Harmon Coxe, but with increasing anxiety in Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Paul Auster. An examination of the uses of photography in these authors’ detective stories demonstrates the collapse of correspondence between the image and its supposed referent, and the impenetrability of identity. The photographic image, initially hailed for its capacity to reveal, subsequently works to conceal and to render ambiguous.
關鍵字:photography, detective fiction, identity
著作名稱:Salyer, Jeff W. “Serra’s Indiscipline: Neutralization and the Site of Tilted Arc.” Concentric 35.1 (2009): 229-260.
年度:2009
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著作名稱:Salyer, Jeffrey W. “From Materialist Feminism to Chodorow’s Mothering: Economy, Energy, and Expenditure.” NTU Studies in Language and Literature 19 (2008): 1-33.
年度:2008
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著作名稱:Salyer, Jeffrey W. “A Critique of Fried’s Understanding of Theatricality in ‘Art and Objecthood.’” Drama and Fiction 18.2 (2008): 53-77.
年度:2008
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著作名稱:Salyer, Jeffrey W. “‘Ihr Untergang muß neu erfunden werden’: Uses of Allegory in Botho Strauß’s Schlußchor.” Soochow Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures 25 (2007): 1-29.
年度:2007
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著作名稱:Salyer, Jeffrey W. “Deleuze, Difference, and Multiculturalism.” Journal of Foreign Language Instruction 1 (2006): 83-100.
年度:2006
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著作名稱:Salyer, Jeffrey W. “Bourget Framed: Re-reading Hofmannsthal’s Der Tor und der Tod.” Tamkang Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 27 (2006): 43-58.
年度:2006
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