RAM Conversation：The Gender Myth in All Ages
Aug 16, 2019 Friday 19:00 - 20:30
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
In the mythology of the Dominican Republic, Ciguapa is described as a kind of female creature with brown or dark blue skin. Gorgeous and yet cold-blooded, they would occupy the highlands and recklessly kill travelers who dare set foot in the place. Based on the myth, artist Firelei Baez presented a series of paintings featuring Ciguapa in the exhibition. Drawing inspirations from science fiction as well as her aesthetical vision, the artist managed to remodel the ancient folk legend into a contemporary mythological narrative of individuality.
Professor Lin Danya of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Xiamen University, and Zhu Xueqin, gender studies researcher, are invited to join the conversation and share with audience changes and developments witnessed by Chinese folk customs as well as male and female figures in Chinese mythologies during the course of history. They will talk about how the image of social gender has been established in ancient mythology, pre-modern society and the revolutionary history as well as the cultural ideologies, gender conceptions and narrative strategies behind it. Moreover, the conversation will explore into the gender narratives emerging in the contemporary mass culture and network media (i.e. web series and online romance novels), attempting to cast light on the mainstream gender conceptions through the analysis of the popular figures.
LIN Danya, Professor and doctoral advisor at Xiamen University’s Chinese Department, also vice chairman of the Fujian Writer’s Association, chairman of the Xiamen Writers Association, as well as vice president of the China Women’s Literature Committee. Her main research interests are Chinese contemporary literature and the issue of gender in literary culture. Published works include A History of Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature, Think with Your Toes, On Distinguishing Writing, Using Pain to Imagine, and The Buildings of Kulangsu. Lin also served as chief editor of the educational text A Coursebook on Women’s Literature, part of China’s Eleventh Five-Year Plan, as well as of A History of Women’s Literature in Taiwan, a significant work in the Chinese literary canon.
Free admission, reservation is required.