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Surviving in the City: A Comparative Study of Qiu Huadong's The City Chariot [Cheng Shi Zhan Che] and Tomson Highway's Kiss of the Fur Queen Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Qiu, Huadong, -- 1969 -- Criticism and interpretation
Cities and towns in literature
Highway, Tomson, -- 1951- -- Kiss of the fur queen
Highway, Tomson, -- 1951- -- Criticism and interpretation
Artists in literature
Qiu, Huadong, -- 1969- -- Cheng shi zhan che
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Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Xiang, Ran
Supervisor and department
Braz, Albert (English & Film Studies and Program of Comparative Literature)
Fried, Daniel (East Asian Studies and Program of Comparative Literature)
Examining committee member and department
Fried, Daniel (East Asian Studies and Program of Comparative Literature)
Braz, Albert (English & Film Studies and Program of Comparative Literature)
Sterk, Darryl (East Asian Studies)
Sywenky, Irene (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and Program of Comparative Literature)
Department
Comparative Literature
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-12-23T18:38:58Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This is a comparative study of a Chinese novel and a Canadian novel, which share similar theme of depicting young artists migrating from the country to cities. The purpose of this research has been to explore how the migration process affects the identities of the artists and how they negotiate their identities in the new urban environment. From juxtaposing these two texts, I want to argue that consumer culture has transformed the migrants’ perspectives and values, leaving them in an “in-between” situation as they are unable to fully identify with either home or the city and are thus forever haunted by the sense of homeless. Therefore, in order to negotiate the hazards of everyday life and to assert their sense of belonging in a complex urban setting, they use sexuality and ethnicity as “points of alignment.”
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3WD1F
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