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A Spatial Consideration on Image of Women in Issue – Focusing on the novels of Chinese women writers at the turn of the 20th century

  • 인문논총
  • 2019, 49(), pp.125-152
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.49.6
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : April 29, 2019
  • Accepted : June 7, 2019
  • Published : June 30, 2019

KWON HYEJIN 1

1고려대학교 국제어학원

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ABSTRACT

This article seeks to extend the discussion in humanities regarding two important aspects of China in recent years: collectivism and isolationism. Deriving from the universal truth that humans are social animals, and assuming that space can be viewed as a social phenomenon, I argue that space is an indispensable condition for us to form diverse lives, define relationships and create society. In particular, I will discuss the subject of the marginalized homosexuality of women within the context of individual and collective themes, and reveal how this interrelated socio-political transformation affects them. I argue that recent Chinese independence movements and the resurgence of the traditional Chinese system can be better understood in a close correlation of the two themes. Therefore I seek to reexamine the collective consciousness of the Chinese society and the private consciousness of the oppressed women centered on the works about homosexuality by the 20th century female writers Lu Yin, Ling ShuHua, Lin Bai, and Chen Ran, who were the subjects of homosexual love from the period of upheavals in the 20th century. Just as the human culture has always tried to maintain a relationship with something that is invisible, its meaning can be revealed more specifically when it is reading relation to space as a social phenomenon.

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