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Li Ang (Shi Shuduan)

Li Ang (real name: Shi Shuduan). Fiction writer born in 1952, a native of Lugang (Taiwan). She majored in philosophy at the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan and earned a master’s degree in dramatic arts at the University of Oregon in the United States. For many years, she worked as a lecturer at the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan. Li Ang draws inspiration from Western modernism. Her works often address the problem of women’s position within the modernizing Taiwanese society. Due to its controversial topics and graphic depictions of sex and violence, her writing has stirred numerous debates in Taiwan. Her representative works include The Lost Garden, Dark Night, Seeing Ghosts, Sleeping Beauty. Li Ang’s most famous novel The Butcher’s Wife was published in the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Czechia, Estonia and in other countries. The Butcher’s Wife, Xilian and Dark Night were adapted into films and TV series. Beigang Incense Burner was published in the form of a comic book. An Erotic Feast for Lovebirds was adapted into a play and staged in Paris. In 2004, she was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2016, National Chung Hsing University conferred on her the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa. In 2018, Li Ang Museum at the National Chung Hsing University was officially opened.