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|Other Titles: ||Cong xian dai xing lun Zhongguo xian dai nü zuo jia de xiao shuo zuo pin|
A study on modern Chinese women writers' works from the aspect of modernity
|Authors: ||Liu, Lu (劉璐)|
|Department: ||Department of Chinese and History|
|Degree: ||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Publisher: ||City University of Hong Kong|
|Subjects: ||Chinese fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism|
Women authors, Chinese -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Chinese fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Civilization, Modern, in literature
|Notes: ||CityU Call Number: PL2278 .L5746 2015e|
ix, 306 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Thesis (Ph.D.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2015.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-278)
|Abstract: ||Modernity, a new perspective of literary research, has become popular in recent years. However, it still 2lacks sufficient research within the traditional Chinese culture. Moreover, modernity has often been explored from western male viewpoints and its definition has not yet been accurately clarified.
To tackle the above issues, this thesis addresses the plight of Chinese female writers within Chinese literature and their imaginations of western modern society by native Chinese social environment. Based on traditional Chinese culture, this thesis aims to exhibit characteristics of modernity in Chinese literature. More specifically, this thesis investigates the experience of modernity within the novels of five modem Chinese female writers, including Yin LU (1899-1934), Xin BING (1900-1999), Shuhua LING (1900-1990), Lu GUAN (1907-1982), and Hong XIAO (1911-1942). The novels studied in this thesis were written from 1917 to 1949.
The thesis explores the novels of the above five writers from four dimensions, namely family, marriage, society, and nationality. Their main focused areas are first society and marriage, followed by family and nationality. The thesis tries to investigate the reasons of their focuses taking into account of the writers' family backgrounds, growing experiences, education, ideology, and social movements, where family background and childhood experience are the primary factors.
The thesis concludes that the investigated five writers being studied define modernity in Chinese literature in two aspects: self-identification of female subjectivity as well as self-examination of individuals and groups. Moreover, the thesis points out the deficiencies of the above five writers in three aspects: lack of rationality, the limitation of female subject recognition, and lack of fundamental understanding of traditional Chinese culture.
|Online Catalog Link: ||http://lib.cityu.edu.hk/record=b4907329|
|Appears in Collections:||CAH - Doctor of Philosophy|
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