Chinese mothers - Western daughters? : cross-cultural representations of mother-daughter relationships in contemporary Chinese and Western women's writing
Lee Wai-sum, Amy (1999) Chinese mothers - Western daughters? : cross-cultural representations of mother-daughter relationships in contemporary Chinese and Western women's writing. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This study looks at women's prose narrative representing four major
Chinese communities during the last 30 years, and focuses on the depiction of
mother-daughter relationships among personae within the narrative texts. The
thesis seeks to suggest that mother-daughter relationships within the texts are a
reflection of how a text responds to its mother culture in the course of development.
Narrative prose ranging from self-professed autobiographies to the fictional,
written by Chinese women from American-Chinese communities, Hong Kong,
Taiwan and Mainland China, are examined in a comparative approach within an
ethnical framework. The concept of a national literature is discussed with regard to
different fonns of Chinese-ness.
It is revealed, in the course of this examination, that each group of Chinese
women's writing examined here demonstrates an acute awareness of a link with an
original mother culture, the Chinese orientation. However, recent events both
inside and outside China have inevitably shaped cultural development in these
communities, resulting in splits and diversifications in the individual cultural
Approached from this perspective, the Chinese mother culture gains a new
vitality by virtue of shedding the burden of a long history. Focusing on the
intertextual activities of regional writings, it is shown that represented Chinese-ness
is no longer an unchanged and unchanging phenomenon, but is redefined each
moment through the locus of interactions among independent hybrid communities.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Chinese prose literature -- Women authors, Mothers and daughters in literature|
|Official Date:||August 1999|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Kuhiwczak, Piotr ; Bassnett, Susan|
|Extent:||iv, 301 leaves|
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