Love and Desires

Introduction

This exhibit is dedicated to the 100th birthday of Eileen Chang 張愛玲 (Zhang Ailing, 1920–1995), one of the most influential female Chinese writers in the 20th century. Here we focus mostly on female characters depicted by Eileen Chang, in particular, middle-class women in the two modern cities, Shanghai and Hong Kong, their choices of love and desires for money and power in a male-dominated society and during turbulent wartime in the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibit begins with a short biography of Eileen Chang and lists her major literary works (fiction and essays) in four significant periods of her life. The list of available English translations gives non-native speakers a chance to read and love Eileen’s works. The selected works highlight female characters depicted by Eileen Chang through narrative background and stories. Well-known adapted films and TV series are also correspondingly connected. We hope that the exhibit will elicit more love and conversations on Eileen Chang and her brilliant writings.

Credits

This exhibition was curated by Joan Wang, East Asian Library, and Ingrid Chien-ying Chan, a graduate student from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Special thanks to Jessica Lin, a volunteer from Taiwan with a major of English Literature, for her contributions.