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A Study on the Prevalence and the Limitations of Female Discourse in the Grand Heroine Narrative — Take the Novels Story of Yanxi Palace and Yunxi Legend As Examples

  • JOURNAL OF CHINESE STUDIES
  • 2019, (66), pp.187-204
  • DOI : 10.26585/chlab.2019..66.008
  • Publisher : CHINESE STUDIES INSTITUTE
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Received : October 28, 2019
  • Accepted : November 26, 2019
  • Published : December 31, 2019

WANG NAN 1

1전주대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper takes the novel Story of Yanxi Palace and Yunxi legend as the research object to discuss the commonness and characteristics of the heroine narrative in the two novels, as well as the intertextuality of the narrative text and social environment. The reason why the time background of the heroine narrative is generally set in ancient times is that the focus of the heroine narrative is not focused on the fight for gender equality, but more on the perfect counterattack of the female characters in the adversity, which is a challenge to the male discourse hegemony in the traditional society. The heroines in the novel Story of Yanxi Palace and Yunxi legend are not only independent in character, but also have advanced consciousness in their thoughts. The narration of the great heroine is mainly aimed at the female readers, which reflects that the female consciousness in the public opinion has been paid attention to and the social image of women has been reconstructed in the literary text. The heroines of Story of Yanxi Palace and Yunxi legend bring the satisfaction to modern women, which is the pleasure of revenge. People’s focus is not on the binding force of social morality, but how to eliminate it. There are two limitations in the narrative text: the paradox caused by the narrative background and the superficialization of female consciousness caused by capital intervention. Therefore, in order to seek long-term development, the great heroine narrative must make changes, that is, the individual life value of women should be the focus of narrative.

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