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A comparison of female desire and subjective consciousness in Eun Hee-kyung and Li Ang's works - Centered on Beigang Incense Burner of Lust and The Butterfly in the Dust

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2019, 54(), pp.229-250
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2019.54..229
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : February 10, 2019
  • Accepted : March 11, 2019
  • Published : March 30, 2019

Shen Chunlan 1 Jo YoungJoon 2

1고려대학교
2名古屋大學

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ABSTRACT

Both The Butterfly in the Dust by the Korean writer, Eun Hee-kyung and Beigang Incense and Burner of Lust by the Taiwanese writer Li Ang, are novelettes that convey the idea of women's subjective consciousness by writing extensively on the subject of female-desire. The heroines Choi Seon-hee and Lin Lizi in those works, advocate the upcoming sexual rights and a beginning of the idea allowing women to gain control of their bodies, regardless of the opinion of the society and the people around them. Choi Seon-hee had an unrestrained and free attitude towards sex in the book. She also wrote an essay about the complex sexual relationship between a woman and several men. Choi Seon-hee's rebellious consciousness has a huge impact on deconstructing the ethics through which the society differentiates men and women when it comes to sexual problems, and the societal allowances afforded to each sex in the resolving of those problems. Nonetheless, by deliberately reproducing male's behavior means an affirmation on male's societal standards. Lin Lizi actively participated in politics, preaching openely for women to seize their personal power back from the men who oppressed them. In the subversion of women's previous absence or subordinate status, Lin's initiative was considered as progressive. Yet, she failed to make a break in the hopes of influencing the differences of thought regarding the situation of a woman's body as an object as seen in the eyes of men.

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