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Schoolgirl romance and female same-sex love in Eileen Chang’s Tongxue shaonian dou bujian: toward a tortured and tortuous Po’s narrative

CollectionsSexualities, Genders and Rights in Asia: International Conference of Asian Queer Studies (2005)
Title: Schoolgirl romance and female same-sex love in Eileen Chang’s Tongxue shaonian dou bujian: toward a tortured and tortuous Po’s narrative
Author(s): Chen, Yuxin
AsiaPacificQueer Network
Publisher: Canberra, ACT: The Australian National University
Citation: Chen, Y. (2005, July). Schoolgirl romance and female same-sex love in Eileen Chang’s Tongxue shaonian dou bujian: Toward a tortured and tortuous Po’s narrative. Paper presented at Sexualities, Genders and Rights in Asia: 1st International Conference of Asian Queer Studies. Bangkok, Thailand: AsiaPacifiQueer Network, Mahidol University; Australian National University
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"Eileen Chang's autobiographical Tongxue shaonian dou bujian, which was published in Taiwan and China in 2004, has aroused debates about whether the work is authentic or not; it has also aroused the “Chang-fever” revealed in various cultural products. One reason readers suspect that this is not actually written by Chang is the obvious homoerotic description. This is in direct contrast to the fact that readers’ voyeuristic interest has mostly centered on Eileen Chang’s two heterosexual romances and has neglected the possibility of her representation of same-sex love relationship in the subsequent “Chang-fever”. Many scholars in Chang studies have even written articles from seemingly objective positions to prove that the heterosexual anecdotes in her novels did occur in her life, so that it has become a convention in Chang studies to connect her real life and her novels primarily through her heterosexual experience. However, not surprisingly, the homosexual description in Tongxue shaonian dou bujian has rarely been discussed in Chang studies either in Taiwan or China"
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/8662

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