2018/2019 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
Writing Female Family History:
Literary Strategies of Subjectivity Construction in 1990s Hong Kong and Taiwan
鄭媛 Miss Zheng Yuan
February 15, 2019 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Throughout the literary establishments of Hong Kong and Taiwan in the 1990s, works striving for the interpretative initiative of native history have developed into a large quantity. This is due to the intense subjectivity anxiety caused by regime alternation and power games during the end of the 20th century in the two postcolonial societies. At this stage, female family history writing, guided by identity re-imagination in the postcolonial era, emerged as a significant vehicle for reconstructing the “lost subjectivity” and exhibited pluralistic writing strategies. This talk analyzes the general characteristics of female family history writing in 1990s Hong Kong and Taiwan—individualization and privatization of history, cultural hybridity, feminine writing, and meta-standpoint in historical writing—in representative works. Through a detailed analysis on elements such as history, culture, class and gender embedded in female family history writing of 1990s Hong Kong and Taiwan, the talk offers a more comprehensive understanding of the narrative strategies employed by HK and Taiwan female authors in achieving self-identity construction. It also reflects on the applicability of postcolonial theories in the contexts of Hong Kong and Taiwan.
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