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Lecture by Dr. Shirley Geok-lin Lim on Dec. 2

Posted by thuicc on November 26, 2005

I hope people in our class will take the opportunity to attend this lecture on Dec. 2.

Lecture by Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim:

“Memoirs and Misfits: The Eaton Sisters and Life Writing”

Friday, December 2

Born in 1865 to a Chinese mother and English father, Edith Eaton became an energetic champion of Chinese immigrants in Canada and the U.S. Under the Chinese penname “Sui Sin Far” she wrote touching, realistic tales about the difficult lives of “her mother’s people” in the New World. Her younger sister Winifred also was a writer, but she used the penname “Onoto Watanna,” had her photo taken while wearing a Japanese kimono, and wrote novels with titles like The Japanese Nightingale. Why did these two sisters make such different choices? How did they shape their identities through writing? What is the meaning of their widely different personas and styles in their time, and in ours?

林教授現 任加州大學聖塔芭芭拉分校女性研究及英文系專任教授,專長領域為華美文學、後殖民論述、種族與女性主義文化書寫,並曾執教於新加坡與香港。其身兼學者、詩 人、小說家等多重身份,已出版作品包括詩、小說、評論及回憶錄。她在女性主義出版社一再請求下,於五十歲生日時完成她的回憶錄《月白的臉:一位亞裔美國人 的家園回憶錄》,本書並贏得一九九六年美國書卷獎。

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