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Subject/Keyword
Women
Modernity
Conformity
Tzeng Ching-wen
Taiwan
Confucianism
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Tang, Lisa
Supervisor and department
Lin, Jenn-Shann (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Raft, Zeb (East Asian Studies)
Davis, Walter (Art and Design)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization
Chinese Literature
Date accepted
2013-11-13T09:40:39Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In Magnolia: Stories of Taiwanese Women by Tzeng Ching-wen, Tzeng Ching-wen writes about women’s suffering. The fictional women in this collection suffer because of the commitment to their responsibilities, which are framed by conformity. Conformity is a set by responsibilities that people have, to which members of a society should not escape. In Tzeng’s stories, the protagonists suffer because conformity has been broken by a patriarchal authority – these women are soon burdened by the responsibilities that they have to take, in addition to being judged and oppressed by others. This thesis will analyse how these women were challenged in preserving virtue through their responsibility and how oppression is inevitable, whether it derives from traditions or modernity.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3SQ8QR95
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