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A Study on the Regional culture of ‘Hu Lan He Zhuan’’s Literary Works - Focused on Regional language and Regional Custom

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2016, (40), pp.247-267
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2016..40.010
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 28, 2016

kim soon gum 1

1한양대학교

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ABSTRACT

Xiao Hong is one of the most prominent female writers in the Chinese modern literature. Since young, she had experienced all kinds of hardships in the northern wilderness where northerly wind severly blows. Therefore, the climatic features well match the pitches and tempos of her literary works and clearly characterize the local colors she reflected in her works. That is, she described the transitions of the local colors of her native place in a pure and familiar northern dialect. Every phrase of her works vividly embrace the ideas and lifestyle of the northern residents people. Therefore, Xiao Hong’s works not only draw a keen attention from the novel circle but also contribute a lot to the research of the northern dialects. One of her major works ‘Hu Lan He Zhuan’ depicts the natural characteristics and the natives’ lively life in the northern dialect. Even it seems that she reflected the life consciousness and mental world of the northern people in the literary work. Xiao Hong described the aspects of the small town and the living scenes of the residents in the northern border region. The reason why her novels have become recognized and acknowledged as unique works in the Chinese modern literature is that she described the local characteristics with a plenty of the northern dialects and regional customs. In her ‘Hu Lan He Zhuan’, Xiao Hong intentionally used the norther dialects for words that could have been written in standard language to convey to readers the taste of the northern rural area. Amazement is more magnified for the fact that she died very young, at 31. Since ‘Hu Lan He Zhuan’ is about daily routines the local people did, there is nothing particular to invite readers to fantasy or rapture, but readers love to read and enjoy her works. It is because she has her unique local color in her literary works. In pure and simple northern dialect, she jotted down the happenings of a small village in a good orderly manner and lively depicted messy rural lives. She used a local dialect in her novels neither because we wanted to draw a separating line between regions, or because she wanted to stress a language and custom with a certain ethnic sense. It demonstrates her success in creating simple and lively effect in her sentences by pursuing reality and nature.

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