Eileen Chang’s Traces of Love: A Ben Wang Lecture Series
When and Where
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor
New York City
Eileen Chang (张爱玲, 1920-1995) is the most celebrated and imitated writer of 20th century China. An unusually keen and cool observer of the hauntedness of the human heart, her rich dramas capture the dark corners in the minds of her characters, most of whom are misfits of pathos in a quickly changing time and world.
In this three-session lecture series, China Institute Senior Lecturer Ben Wang delves into Chang’s life and work by focusing on Traces of Love (留情), one of her finest novellas. Its central theme is the makeshifty and falsified nature of love and relationships among its cast of characters. With meticulous descriptions of urban environments, climates, colors and sounds as the backdrop, Eileen Chang transforms her characters and their unsavory manners into a poignant and memorable literary masterwork not to be missed by those who are interested in modern Chinese literature.
Participants are asked to attend all three sessions. The registration fee includes a copy of the text for each participant. The lecture will be conducted in English. No previous knowledge of the Chinese language is required.
- Session 1: Thursday, November 2, 6:30-8:30PM
- Session 2: Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8:30PM
- Session 3: Thursday, November 16, 6:30-8:30PM
Tickets for the series are $40 for members and $55 for non-members. You can register here.