Andrew Field is Associate Dean at the Shanghai Campus of Hult International Business School, as well as a scholar of Chinese literature and culture. In addition to his recent book, Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist (2014), he is also author of Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics, 1919-1954 (2010). Field has taught East Asian History at the University of Puget Sound, and served as Lecturer in Chinese History at the University of South Wales. Prior to starting as Associate Dean at Hult, he was the Director of Boston University in Shanghai. In addition to his recently completed book project (launched at 2014 Shanghai Literary Festival), he also collaborated on the filming of Down: Indie Rock in the PRC. Field holds a BA from Dartmouth in Asian Studies, and PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilization from Columbia.
This talk will focus on the writer Mu Shiying and his efforts to describe the life of Shanghai in the “golden age” of the 1930s through the vehicle of the short story. Mu emerged in 1933 as one of the leading avant-garde writers of his age with his short story collection Public Cemetery (公墓). In his new book, Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist (Hong Kong University Press, 2014), Andrew Field offers an appreciation of Mu’s life and times and translations of several short stories from this collection. These include the famous story “Shanghai Fox-trot” (上海的