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Eileen Chang
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Eileen Chang (1920–1995) is arguably the most perceptive writer in modern Chinese literature. She was one of the most popular writers in 1940s Shanghai, but her insistence on writing about individual human relationships and mundane matters rather than revolutionary and political movements meant that in mainland China, she was neglected until very recently. Outside the mainland, her life and writings never ceased to fascinate Chinese readers. There are hundreds of works about her in the Chinese language but very few in other languages. This is the first work in English to explore her earliest short stories as well as novels that were published posthumously. It discusses the translation of her stories for film and stage presentation, as well as nonliterary aspects of her life that are essential for a more comprehensive understanding of her writings, including her intense concern for privacy and enduring sensitivity to her public image. The thirteen essays examine the fidelity and betrayals that dominate her alter ego’s relationships with parents and lovers, informed by theories and methodologies from a range of disciplines including literary, historical, gender, and film studies. These relationships are frequently dramatized in plays and filmic translations of her work.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction: Eileen Chang: A Life of Conflicting Cultures in China and America
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Romancing Returnee Men: Masculinity in “Love in a Fallen City” and “Red Rose, White Rose”
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. 2. From Page to Stage: Cultural “In-betweenness” in (New) Love in a Fallen City
  2. pp. 33-47
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  1. 3. Eileen Chang and Things Japanese
  2. pp. 49-71
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  1. 4. The Ordinary Fashion Show: Eileen Chang’s Profane Illumination and Mnemonic Art
  2. pp. 73-90
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  1. 5. Betrayal, Impersonation, and Bilingualism: Eileen Chang’s Self-Translation
  2. pp. 91-111
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  1. 6. Eileen Chang, Dream of the Red Chamber, and the Cold War
  2. pp. 113-129
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  1. 7. Eileen Chang and Ang Lee at the Movies: The Cinematic Politics of Lust, Caution
  2. pp. 131-154
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  1. 8. Seduction of a Filmic Romance: Eileen Chang and Ang Lee
  2. pp. 155-176
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  1. 9. “A Person of Weak Affect”: Toward an Ethics of Other in Eileen Chang’s Little Reunion
  2. pp. 177-191
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  1. 10. Romancing Rhetoricity and Historicity: The Representational Politics and Poetics of Little Reunion
  2. pp. 193-213
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  1. 11. Madame White, The Book of Change, and Eileen Chang: On a Poetics of Involution and Derivation
  2. pp. 215-241
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 243-247
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-298
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