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Imaging China — A Study on Collective Memory and Cultural Sensibility of Lyric Prose in “Women’s Writing Collection” (1956~1963)

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2011, (25), pp.411-439
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2011..25.018
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 28, 2011

왕옥정 1

1國立清華大學

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Before the “local writings” of women’s literature in the fifties have not been followed with interests, scholars usually focus on the issue of “homesickness” in women’s prose. However, literature on homesickness could not fully express the complexity involved in this kind of writings. Therefore, the author attempts to emphasize on the “imagination of China” in order to broaden the discussion of literature on homesickness. This essay begins from the pathway of “imaging” China in the “Women’s Writing Collection” printed by the Taiwan Women Association on Writing, and probes into the discussion of “collective memory” and “cultural sensibility,” in order to display how the imagination of China in lyric prose is strategically transferred and expressed in the social structure and internal integration. With these imaginations of China, these female prose writers make dialogue with “China”, and it also draws out the important facet of self-identity, aesthetic meanings and cultural context. Hence, the “imagination of China” in “Women’s Writing Collection” is extremely complicated, which not only becomes the “collective memory” with important historical meanings in Taiwan cultural field, but also has been embedded with cultural and aesthetic meanings, as well as signifies the literary features of the female prose and its aesthetic pursuit.

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