Copyright permission granted by Hsiao-ying Chen Chinnery (2001). "My Neighbour (Wode linju) was written in the early 1940s and first appeared in About Women (Guanyu niiren) published by Tiandi chubanshe (Chengdu) in 1943.
Author: Shu-ning Sciban
Publisher: Cornell East Asia Series
Category: Literary Collections
Dragonflies is an anthology containing twelve selections ranging from short stories to novellas, and spans the century from the May Fourth Movement to the 1990s. The eleven authors represented are Ling Shuhua, Bing Xin, Zhang Ailing, Wei Junyi, Kang Yunwei, Ping Lu, Liao Huiying, Chi Li, Jiang Zidan, Wang Anyi, and Xi Xi. Rather than focusing on revolutionary or heroic role-models, the selected works portray women struggling to deal with the conflicting demands of tradition and modernity in a rapidly changing society. The most recent story in the collection, Wang Anyi's coolly analytical but heartbreaking Sisters (1996), illustrates the persistence of traditional social norms, while Jiang Zidan's Waiting for Dusk (1990) depicts a woman oppressed by nature itself. The introductory essay by Shu-ning Sciban traces the evolution of fiction by women writers in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong during the twentieth century. Dragonflies will appeal to readers with an interest in modern China, Chinese literature and gender studies.