A prominent writer of the 20th-century China, Ling Shuhua was active between the 1920s and the 1950s with a host of influential publications of short stories, essays, translations, and a memoir that firmly established her foremost position in modern Chinese literature. Since most of her short stories were first published in Western journals, her fame as a diaspora female writer also extended beyond China. Through a transnational literary friendship with Virginia Woolf, Ling Shuhua entered the Bloomsbury circle, a constellation of writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists based in London. Woolf held Ling in high regard for her brilliance and originality and labeled her as “the Chinese Katherine Mansfield”. The Renwen Society presents a lecture on Ling Shuhua on April 9 by Prof. Lin Xiaoxia, a scholar who specializes in the study of the famous Chinese writer. With an introduction to Ling Shuhua’s extraordinary life during the turbulent and transitional era in the first half of the 20th-century China, Prof. Lin will explore Ling Shuhua’s significant and pioneering contribution to the construction of a world literary theory from a Chinese lens.

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Date: April 9

Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: Free

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