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Li Ang:50 Years of Writing Taiwan

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Li Ang50 Years of Writing Taiwan

作家李昂:台灣文學五十年

05 March 2018 Monday 5-6:30 p.m. Lecture Theatre, China Centre, St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Supported by: Oxford Chinese Studies Society, Oxford China Forum, International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford, Oxford University Taiwanese Student Society

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Anyone who knows anything about Taiwanese literary history would know the name Li Ang. Starting her career in the late 1960s when Taiwan was still under Martial Law, she constantly experimented with radical ways of thinking gender and sexuality and has since become the most translated author from Taiwan.

It is no understatement to say that she is one of the most prominent feminist writers in the Sinophone world, as her works, often critical of patriarchal conventions and ideologies in Chinese societies, have won numerous literary awards in Taiwan. Many of her fiction, including The Butcher’s Wife 殺夫, Dark Night 暗夜, Lost Garden 迷園, and Visible Ghosts 看得見的鬼, have been translated into many languages and adapted into films, TV dramas and musicals in Taiwan, Austria, France and Germany. In 2004, Li Ang was awarded the “Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in recognition of her outstanding contribution to world literature. In 2017, Li Ang’s new book The Beautiful Man Asleep 睡美男 was published, and its focus on an older woman’s sexual psychology in her encounters with young people has again challenged conventional social attitudes towards less normative human relationships.

In this public event, Li Ang will share with us her experiences in the Taiwanese literary world in the last 50 years as well as her reflections on the development of Taiwanese and Sinophone literatures today. This event will be of interest to those of you who work on Chinese literature, Taiwan, Sinophone Studies, gender and sexuality, and media and film studies. Li Ang will first give a 15 minutes speech, followed by a conversation with Flair Donglai SHI (DPhil in English) to further contextualise her thoughts, and plenty of time will be given to audience Q & A and discussions.

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