A Glance at Professor Su Xue-Ling’s Study
Exhibition Period : since May 2009
Venue : 1W1
Professor Xue-Ling Su was one of the female writers in modern Chinese new literature, and also the only one staying in Taiwan and the last survivor of the May-Fourth Movement generation (1919). She was born in 1895 and died in 1999. She was from Taiping, Anhui, originally named Xiao-Mei Su. In 1921, she went to France to join the Work-Study Movement, majoring in Art but transferring to Literature later. In summer of 1925, she returned home and began to use Xue-Ling as her name.
Other pen names she had often used included Lv-Yi and Ling-Fen. Since 1956, Professor Su had been teaching at the Department of Chinese Literature of National Cheng Kung University. Out of her respect and affection for her mother, she had named her residence for the last half of her life at the Tung-Ning Road Dormitory, as “Spring Sunshine Pavilion” (already listed as a historical building), where she had enjoyed poetry, literature, gardening, teaching and writing. In addition to scholarly work, she had presented various writings in newspapers and magazines.
She had a solitary and resolute personality. In her later years, she had often refused good offers from all relations and only lived frugally by writing payment. The Museum represents her study to let visitors and readers have a glance at the life style of a literary master leading the discreet path of literati.