Lecturer, University of Zurich
“Configurations of Gender and Class: On Zheng Xiaoqiong’s Poetry”
Time: Friday, February 14th, 3-5 pm
Location: Center for East Asian Studies 319 (1155 E. 60th St.)
Discussant: Yueling Ji (Ph.D. Student, EALC)
The Art and Politics of East Asia (APEA) workshop is proud to host Justyna Jaguscik (Lecturer, University of Zurich), who will present her book chapter “Configurations of Gender and Class: On Zheng Xiaoqiong’s Poetry” this Friday. She summarizes her chapter as follows:
This chapter brings a discussion of texts by Zheng Xiaoqiong, who is one of the most acknowledged female poetical voices from the generation of authors born in the 1980s. To date, Zheng’s texts have been primarily discusses as examples of the so-called “writings by the lower rungs” (diceng xiezuo). This broad category entered the literary discourse in the first decade of the twenty-first century and is, most generally, used to point to the social background of authors who belong to the lower strata of the Chinese society in its current shape. Zheng, who is a former migrant worker, is also one of the first writers from the bottom, who successfully entered the field of professional highbrow literary production. Her texts have been mostly discussed as portraying the precarious working and living conditions shared by silent contributors to the Chinese economic miracle, the migrant workers, and sometimes also as a proof of this group’s rising collective class consciousness, but they have only rarely been studied as feminist articulations. This chapter focuses on Zheng’s gender-conscious outlook and eco-feminist sensibilities in her writing. Furthermore it scrutinizes her texts for their connections to the discourse of women’s poetry.
Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!
Jiayi Chen and Sabine Schulz
Co-coordinators, Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop