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Transgressing Conformity: Taiwanese Women in Tzeng Ching-wen's Short Stories

  • Author / Creator
    Tang, Lisa
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3SQ8QR95
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of East Asian Studies
  • Specialization
    • Chinese Literature
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Lin, Jenn-Shann (East Asian Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Davis, Walter (Art and Design)
    • Raft, Zeb (East Asian Studies)