May 29, 1969|
Changhua County, Taiwan
|Died||June 25, 1995
|Occupation||Novelist, short story writer|
|Alma mater||Taipei First Girls' High School, National Taiwan University, University of Paris VIII|
|Genres||Literary fiction, autobiography|
|Literary movement||Queer literature|
|Notable work(s)||Notes of a Crocodile, Letters from Montmartre|
Originally from Changhua County in western Taiwan, she attended the prestigious Taipei First Girls' High School and National Taiwan University, where she graduated with a major in psychology. She worked as a counselor and later as a reporter at the weekly magazine The Journalist. In 1994 she moved to Paris, where she pursued graduate studies in clinical psychology and feminism at University of Paris VIII.
Her death was a suicide. Although there has been a great deal of speculation as to the exact cause of death, most accounts suggest that she stabbed herself with a kitchen knife.
Her best-known work is Notes of a Crocodile, for which she was awarded the China Times Literature Award in 1995. The novel has been widely described as "a cult classic." Qiu has been recognized as a counterculture icon, and a two-volume set of her diaries was published posthumously in 2007.
Luo Yijun's book Forgetting Sorrow (遣悲懷) was written in her memory.
- Notes of a Crocodile (1994) - translated by Bonnie Huie (New York Review Books Classics, forthcoming)
- Last Words from Montmartre (1996) - translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich (New York Review Books Classics, forthcoming)
- Letters from Montmartre (1996) - excerpt translated by Howard Goldblatt. In J. Lau and H. Goldblatt (Ed. & Trans.), The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-8248-2652-9
- "Platonic Hair" (1990) - translated by Fran Martin. In F. Martin (Ed. & Trans.), Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-231-13841-3
- First excerpt from Notes of a Crocodile in The Brooklyn Rail
- Second excerpt from Notes of a Crocodile in The Margins
- Sang, Tze-Lan D (2003), The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China, University of Chicago Press, p. 159, ISBN 0-226-73480-3
- "Qiu Miaojin’s Survival Guide". The Millions. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "PEN Translation Fund: Bonnie Huie, Excerpts from Qiu Miaojin’s Notes of a Crocodile". PEN American Center. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- "'Cult Classic of Taiwanese Lesbian Literature' Now Excerpted In English, Available Online". Autostraddle. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "PEN Translation Fund: Bonnie Huie on translating Qiu Miaojin". PEN American Center. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- “Begin Anywhere: Transgender and Transgenre Desire in Qiu Miaojin’s Last Words from Montmartre,” in Transgender China: Histories and Cultures, ed. Howard Chiang. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012. ISBN 978-0230340626, http://www.worldcat.org/title/transgender-china/oclc/830163605&referer=brief_results