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Anthology of Taiwanese women's work to be published in U.S.

2018/02/06 17:47:45

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Washington, Feb. 6 (CNA) A selection of contemporary writings by Taiwanese women will be released in the United States next month, giving readers a chance to "discover a pointedly gendered exploration of modern Taiwan," according to the publisher Cambria Press.

The book, titled Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers: An Anthology, will include the work of Chen Jo-hsi (陳若曦), Chu Tien-wen (朱天文) and Li Ang (李昂), among others, and will be released on March 23 in softcover format, according to the publisher's website.

It is the first English-language anthology of contemporary Taiwanese women writers in decades and includes stories and poetry, the publisher said.

"Each story unfolds and takes readers through fascinating narratives spanning adolescence, marriage, and motherhood as well as sex, politics and economics on many different scales," the Cambria Press website says. "Individually each story expresses its own varied, expansively heterogeneous narrative; when read as a whole collection, readers will discover a pointedly gendered exploration of modern Taiwan."

Describing Taiwan as a cultural melting pot, the publisher said the country provides a backdrop for rich Sinophone literature.

Taiwanese women writers are "continually pushing the boundaries of the possible and unlocking new directions for Sinophone literature in the twenty-first century," it said.

Some of the works in the anthology include Chen Jo-hsi's "The Fish," which is based on politics and political power; Chu Tien-wen's "The Story of Hsiao-Pi," which is about a village boy who builds a future on the complicated love of his guardians; and Li Ang's "The Devil in a Chastity Belt," a tale of politics, personal sacrifice, and unrequited love, according to the Cambria Press website.

The book was edited by professors Yanwing Leung (梁欣榮) of National Taiwan University's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Lin Tai-man (林黛嫚) of Tamkang University's Department of Chinese Literature, and Jonathan Stalling of University of Oklahoma's Department of English.

The publication of English-language anthology of Taiwanese women writers is the first in the U.S. since 1993, when City University of New York published a selection of short stories by Taiwanese female writers.

(By Chiang Chinye and William Yen)