Eileen Chang as “Global Modernist” and the Politics of World Literature

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With the “global turn” in literary studies, scholars have sought to recover writers hitherto unknown to Euro-American audiences. One example is Eileen Chang, now increasingly recognized as part of the global modernist canon. Yet despite her well-known bilingual writing practice, efforts to reclaim a place for Chang in World Literature tend to focus only on her Chinese works. This talk offers a re-evaluation of the Anglophone Eileen Chang, drawing on world system theories to recontextualize her post-1949 career in Hong Kong and the United States. The strange case of Eileen Chang, I argue, reflects an urgent need for new critical paradigms that take into account the survival strategies of resistance and adaptation on the part of marginalized writers.
Period9 Oct 2023
Event titleArts Faculty Research Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar