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Eileen Chang and Her Book Lust, Caution—On Her Centennial Birthday

October 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Eileen Chang, or Zhang Ailing, (September 30, 1920 – September 8, 1995) is considered by many as one of the greatest modern writers in China. In his book A History of Modern Chinese Fiction, the late Professor C.T. Hsia of Columbia University famously proclaimed Eileen Chang to be the most important and gifted Chinese writer to emerge in the forties and asserted that her book The Golden Cangue is “the greatest novelette in the history of Chinese literature”.

A descendant of the famous late Qing Dynasty statesman Li Hongzhang, Chang gained literary prominence as a novelist, essayist, and screenwriter in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the 1940s. She was adept at using the “trifling matters between the sexes” as the theme of her stories in depicting the desires, imaginations, and personalities of urban residents. Many of her novels have been adapted into critically-acclaimed movies, including the blockbuster Lust, Caution directed by Ang Lee.

To mark Eileen Chang’s centennial birthday, the Renwen Society presents a lecture by Dr. Yu Bin, professor at Nanjing University and author of the first biography of Eileen Chang published in mainland China. Following a brief introduction to Chang’s life and major works, Prof. Yu will devote the bulk of the lecture to the discussion of Eillen Chang’s Lust, Caution and the film adaptation of the novel by Ang Lee.





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October 3, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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