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The Moment the Daily Life is Blockade : Another Way of Reading Eileen Chang's Novels

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2005, (6), pp.255-274
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture

PARK JAYOUNG 1

1협성대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

My article is focussing on the non-routine domain in Eileeng Chang's novels, comparing with the daily life/routine of that. Before I analyse Chang's novels, I examine the tendency of study and divide it into three classes--narration mode, daily life(routine), and non-routine. As I agree partly with this existing study tendency, I observe how the non-routine domain is involved in the daily life. I analyse that the non-routine domain investigates the real and life constantly and keep from falling into the fantasy domain. In doing so, the non-routine is endowed with the feeling of reality and build up the tension related to the real world. The inside of blockade trolly car in Blockade(Fengsuo) is an allegory about the split of daily life that has no way out. And I point out the way non-routine world is not exist without regarding to the everyday life. Meanwhile, the Hongkong narrative of Love in a Fallen City(QingChengzhiLian) and so on translates the secular and real space into the non-real space and segregate from the real by itself. At this moment, female characters in her novels recognize the split and contradiction of daily life and the advent of non-routine. The female characters project her life to the non-routine space positively and revision the way of her life and resuscitate from the unreal to the world of reality. Therefore, the non-routine space in Eileen Chang's novels redispose the logic of daily life and reconstruct the world itself in this situation. The non-routine domain is filled with the routine but is not transformed into the daily life. It becomes the important moment of organization of another possible world. The Hongkong narrative describes the world that the non-routine life is daily continued. Eileen Chang's texts newly settle the "normal" boundary of routine/non-routine and disturb the whole real world.

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