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[活動回放]不可能三角與不現身的說書人:張愛玲《傳奇》的讀寫攻略 Impossible Trinity & Invisible Story Teller: A Creative Writing Approach to Eileen Chang’s Romances








張愛玲研究新方向講座系列 New Directions in Eileen Chang Studies Lecture Series
Co-hosted by School of Chinese and Department of Comparative Literature, HKU
Co-sponsored by Louis Cha Fund for Chinese studies & East/West studies in the Faculty
& Center for the Study of Globalization and Culture (CSGC) 



Impossible Trinity & Invisible Story Teller: A Creative Writing Approach to Eileen Chang’s Romances


分享嘉賓 Speaker:  邵棟 博士 Dr. Shawn SHAO (HKMU)

主持人 Moderator: 黃心村 教授 Prof. Nicole HUANG (HKU)


日期時間 Date & Time: March 26, 2024 (Tue) 16:30-18:00pm

語言 Language: 普通話 Putonghua


地點 Venue: KK101, K.K. Leung Building, Main Campus, HKU


Meeting ID: 962 5487 9928

Password: 113602


摘要 Abstract:



As the work that brought Eileen Chang fame, Romances has long been a subject of discussion and admiration among readers. Chang’s writing strategies in this work have also become emblematic of cultural politics and narrative techniques, captivating the attention of scholars and novelists. Is Romances flawless? What are Chang’s frequently employed writing techniques? And how can one emulate her style? These questions will be addressed in this talk, which will be divided into the following sections: firstly, a creative writing approach will be adopted to analyse the masterpieces in Chang’s Romances (such as “Blockade” and “The First Brazier”), deciphering the techniques of sequential storytelling and editing reminiscent of a comic strip, as well as other commonly used narrative devices; secondly, an exploration of the impossible triangle of desire, morality, and money in Chang’s female writing will be presented, using “The Golden Cangue” and “Love in a Fallen City” as examples; and finally, the presence and absence of the narrator, as well as the issue of self-confidence in Chang’s literary craftsmanship, will be discussed.


講者簡介 About the Speaker:

邵棟 香港大學中文學院博士。現為香港都會大學人文社會科學院創意藝術系署理系主任、助理教授。主要研究範圍是現代小說與南社,華語系文學與電影。有學術專著《紙上銀幕:民初的影戲小說》(2017 年)。業餘從事小說創作,2022年推出首部短篇小說集《空氣吉他》,入選第六屆寶珀理想國文學獎決名單。 


Shawn SHAO received his PhD from the School of Chinese, University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Sinophone literature, film studies, and Nanshe studies. He is the author of the scholarly monograph The Silver Screen among Pages: A Study of Yingxi Fiction in Early Republican China (2017). He is also a fiction writer. His first collection of short stories, Air Guitar, published in 2022, has been selected as a finalist for the 6th Blancpain-Imaginist Literary Prize. 



1) The seminar will be conducted primarily in a face-to-face mode; Those who cannot attend the seminar in-person could apply for online participation (via Zoom) with justifications;

2) All those who would like to attend the seminar are required to register online (Click HERE) on a first-come, first-served basis;

3) Email of confirmation will be sent to the registered email addresses and participants have to show the screenshot or print-out version of the email for entry of the seminar venue;

4) Walk-in or late-comers will not be allowed for entry of the seminar venue unless situation allows.


ALL are welcome*

*Pre-registration (Click HERE) is requested.