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A Labyrinth of Fantasy and Reality: Luo Yijun’s “Born in the Zodiac”

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2011, (27), pp.279-313
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2011..27.012
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : October 31, 2011

Wu Helena Yuen Wai 1

1홍콩대학

Candidate

ABSTRACT

As a renowned award-winning Taiwanese writer in the Chinese-speaking community, Luo Yijun is famous for his innovative skills in crafting the art of novel. His short novel titled “Xiang Sheng Shi Er Xing Zuo” (literally meaning “born in the zodiac”) is an interesting amalgamation of realities, memories and fantasies. In the novel, Luo juxtaposes different types of consciousness together across different times and spaces in realities and the fictional worlds. In this essay, concepts like montage, collage and labyrinth are used to explore the various manifestations of time and space and the representations of fiction and reality in both the world of texts and the world of readers. This essay also demonstrates how the idea of labyrinth can be incorporated into the study and the reading of novel, city and human life at large.

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