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Eileen Chang, Woman's Film, and Domestic Shanghai in the 1940s

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Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing) is a twentieth-century Chinese legend. Born in Shanghai in 1920, she devoted all of her literary life to capturing the glamour, decadence, and moral ambiguity of the city. At the age of 23, Chang leapt to fame in Shanghai under the Japanese Occupation. During those three years, she published over a dozen short stories and many essays in the city's leading cultural journals and literary magazines. Her short story collection, Chuanqi (Romance) sold out in four days. The early 1940s marked not only the heyday of her literary creativity but also of her personal life. Financially independent, she married Hu Lancheng, a dilettante and top propaganda official of the collaborationist regime of Wang Jingwei.
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Keywords: 1940s; Eileen Chang; Occupation; Shanghai; Taitai wansui; Woman's film; film

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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