Event Title

Shanghai Women: Examining Eileen Chang's Representations of Gender Through Fiction

Location

Diamond 242

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:50 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Eileen Chang was a 20th century author whose fiction focused on gender dynamics in World War II-era Shanghai. For my project, I have chosen her collection of novellas and short stories, Love in a Fallen City, published in 2006 by the New York Review of Books (though most of the stories were published at least a decade or two earlier). The collection, which was originally published in Chinese and only recently was translated into English, features six lengthy stories that explore female life in Shanghai during the 1940s, and deal with the physical presence of war and a changing political climate, as well as their effects on love and relationships between men and women. In each of the stories, dramatic parallels are drawn between the conflict within the state and conflicts within marriages or affairs. The stories also profoundly and successfully explore the inner turmoil of women whose roles and lives are dictated by society.

Faculty Sponsor

Elizabeth LaCouture

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. History Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

563

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Shanghai Women: Examining Eileen Chang's Representations of Gender Through Fiction

Diamond 242

Eileen Chang was a 20th century author whose fiction focused on gender dynamics in World War II-era Shanghai. For my project, I have chosen her collection of novellas and short stories, Love in a Fallen City, published in 2006 by the New York Review of Books (though most of the stories were published at least a decade or two earlier). The collection, which was originally published in Chinese and only recently was translated into English, features six lengthy stories that explore female life in Shanghai during the 1940s, and deal with the physical presence of war and a changing political climate, as well as their effects on love and relationships between men and women. In each of the stories, dramatic parallels are drawn between the conflict within the state and conflicts within marriages or affairs. The stories also profoundly and successfully explore the inner turmoil of women whose roles and lives are dictated by society.

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