The Ordinary Fashion Show: Eileen Chang’s Profane Illumination and Mnemonic Art

Abstract: Eileen Chang’s fiction and essays show us an intricate relationship between the quotidian, gender and literary imagination. Similar to what Walter Benjamin calls “profane illumination,” her literary inspirations are drawn from the materialistic and anthropological dimensions in the mundane realm of everyday life. On the one hand, her feminine writings about clothing display Shanghai as a phantasmagoria in the […]

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