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Abstract

In the film adaptation of , the importance of sex is apparent. This is not necessarily the case in . In Eileen Chang’s story, there is an interconnection between sex, death, and a ring. This relationship is portrayed differently in Julia Lovell’s . Viewing Eileen Chang as world literature reveals similarities and differences between and and their different thematic emphases. This article explores how the imageries of the ring, sex, and death are interrelated. The transaction involving the ring in Chang’s text is similar to a sexual transaction. Analyzing the difference between the source and the target texts reveals how Lovell places a “heavier” emphasis on women’s bodies, suggesting the suppression women suffer in a patriarchal society. While the thematic importance of death is also present in , it is brought out by the notion of foreignness and undecipherability.

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