Writing in Contemporary China—A Chinese Woman Writer’s Perspective

The Chinese Program of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures presents
A Conversation with SHENG Keyi, Award-winning Chinese Woman Writer

"Writing in Contemporary China—A Chinese Woman Writer’s Perspective"
WhenMonday, Nov. 20th 11:30AM-12:30PM
Where: School of Business rm. 511

How does a Chinese woman novelist reflect on the significant impacts of China's economic reforms on women's family relationships, fashion, and sexuality through writing? How does a Chinese writer negotiate with the state and the market? Why is SHENG Keyi famous for her "socially engaged writing and bold experimentation" with form? How does a woman imagine a different China in her fictional world? 

If you are interested in answers to these questions, or you have your own questions for Sheng, come join us!  
The conversation will be conducted in Chinese and translated into English.

More info about SHENG Keyi
Sheng Keyi is a contemporary Chinese novelist, born in a remote village in Yiyang, Hunan, in the 1970s. She later relocated to Shenzhen in the early 90s. Her works include Northern Girls , Death Fugue ,Barbaric Growth , and several short story collections. Her works have been translated into English, Italianm German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and other languages. Sheng was the winner of the Chinese People’s Literature Prize, the Yu Dafu Prize for Fiction, the Chinese Literature Media Award, the Top 20 Novelists of the Future Prize, and many other awards. Northern Girls, published by Penguin Books in 2012, was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her works depict the real lives of China’s poor, the survival of its women, and situations revolving around the human spirit, written in language that is violent, enthusiastic, and experimental. Her work is known for its keen observations and callous writing style.

Read Sheng's short stories online for free: "The Girl Who Sold Phones": http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2011/08/sheng-keyi-the-girl-who-sold-phones/