Between Fiction and Essay - Writer and Filmmaker Guo Xiaolu
4:15 PM
12:00 AM
GUO Xiaolu is a provocative and prolific screenwriter and director of features and documentaries, and a distinctive voice in contemporary literature in both Chinese and English. Raised in a remote fishing village, Guo studied screenwriting at the prestigious Berlin Film Academy (with Jia Zhangke) and began making documentaries. Now based in London, she has published ten books, including the widely translated A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (nominated for the Orange Prize 2007) and the new novel I Am China (Doubleday 2014) as well as poetry and essays on film in both Chinese and English. Across her work, Guo explores themes of alienation, memory, intimacy, and translation and develops her own vision of China’s past and its future in a global environment. Her films have shown widely at festivals including Locarno, Toronto, and New Directors/New Films. For more information visit her website:’s visit will include screenings of films at 7pm on 9/21 and 9/23 at Swarthmore, and 9/22 at International House in Philadelphia.Guo’s visit is co-sponsored by Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and by Modern Languages and Literatures, Asian Studies, and English Literature.
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