Rice-Sprout Song

Eileen Chang’s land-reform novel The Rice-Sprout Song (1955) represents a rarely discussed dimension of her “aesthetics of desolation”: writing about politics and the politics of writing. This set of etchings constructs pictorial space by employing objects from the chapters as frames of perspective so as to explore the relation between art and politics. In so doing, the etchings pay homage to Ming-dynasty woodblock illustrations of Romance of Western Chamber.