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  • On Liu Mingjiu’s French Literature Criticism

    Author:Ning Wang

    Abstract: As an eminent scholar and critic of China’s foreign literature studies in the contemporary era, Liu Mingjiu has a wide reputation and influence in China’s literary, critical, and academic circles. He has in a long academic and critical career worked very hard and achieved a great deal in the study of French literary history as well...

    Column:Literature Studies   001-011   Details

  • Transcending Tradition: A Political Reading of Ellen Glasgow’s The Battle-Ground

    Author:Yan Zeng

    Abstract: Ellen Glasgow's The Battle-Ground came out in the early 20th century, when American southern society experienced significant post-Reconstruction social transition and plantation romance led the literary trend among postbellum southern writers. In response to the features and embedded ideologies of...

    Column:Literature Studies   012-021   Details

  • The "Double" Adventure in Susan Sontag's Death Kit

    Author:Siyuan Zhou

    Abstract: Death Kit, Susan Sontag’s novel, is often criticized as quite abstruse and unfathomable. Inspections of the implicit artistic element, “Double”, are invited to denote the uncanny plots, to figure out the blended characters, and to clarify the historical context. By doing so, the connotations of trauma, which are knitted into characters' psychology, writer’s self-confrontation, and reflections on American history, can be highlighted.

    Column:Literature Studies   022-030   Details

  • Nigger, the Speaker: An Interpretation of the Re-creation of the Historical Figure in The Confessions of Nat Turner

    Author: Chuanfang Zeng

    Abstract: Slavery in the United States reduced slaves to ciphers or nonbeings, who were simply regarded as part of the décor of white life uncredited with human thought or sensibilities, or with the possession of a private self. William Styron, believing it inhumane to do so...

    Column:Literature Studies   031-039   Details

  • "Native Literary Aesthetics Must Be Politicized": The Multi-dimensional Image of Ama in Power and Linda Hogan’s Literary Creation

    Author:Juan Long, Wenting Liang

    Abstract: As a famous contemporary Native American writer, Linda Hogan has shown her biggest concern over the survival problem of Native Americans, focusing on Native Americans’ own stories and cultures. Power is naturally no exception. In this novel, the image of Ama has deepened our understanding of the survival predicament of Native Americans, particularly Native American women marginalized by both domestic colonial power and the patriarchal system. In Power, Hogan portrays Ama as “The Woman Who Watches over the World” though she is only a subaltern woman and is a vague, or maybe even a triple-whammy and thereby cannot speak in a court law. Undoubtedly, through the characterization of Ama, a Native American woman of multi-dimensional scope, Hogan calls for Native Americans to walk out of the survival predicament and to find the way to self-salvation. In this sense, Ama is the spokeswoman of Hogan, embodying Hogan’s view of literary creation.

    Column:Literature Studies   040-049   Details

  • Ntozake Shange’s Dramatic Aesthetics: A Case Study of Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide

    Author:Yue Long, Yanhong Zheng

    Abstract: In her representative play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf, African American playwright Ntozake Shange not only expresses her understanding of traditional African American culture through the form of choreopoem, which is deeply rooted in the African tradition, but also expounds her dramatic aesthetics in terms of black feminism by dramatizing seven black girls’ pathetic experiences. By juxtaposing African American cultural awareness and black feminism in the play, Shange articulates her dramatic aesthetics and her deep concerns over African American women’s dilemma in a white dominant society. According to Shange, African American women, who have long been forgotten and despised, should be united and make their voices heard in a unique way in order to reconstruct their ethnic and gender identities.

    Column:Literature Studies   050-058   Details

  • Consumer Society, Lifestyle and Taste "Pursuit": The Change of Cultural Ideas in English Literature in the First Half of the 20th Century

    Author:Qiang Hu

    Abstract: The consumer society has brought about a rich and prosperous standard of living, and it has also brought about tremendous changes in human nature. At the conceptual level, the essence of change is a way of life centered on the logic of desire. The investigation of the changes in cultural ideas in English literature in the first half of the 20th century, relies heavily on the medium that the ideas are attached to. New art forms, new media innovations and communication revolutions have emerged, conveying the the message of material prosperity and the encouragement of consumption. They have also promoted the formation of a new “taste pursuit” at the level of cultural ideas.

    Column:Culture Studies   059-068   Details

  • Exoticism in Jhumpa Lahiri's "Sexy"

    Author:Haiyan Ren

    Abstract: With the fundamental changes brought about by modernity, the problems of exoticism become increasingly prominent. The story “Sexy,” collected in Interpreter of Maladies by Jhump a Lahiri, a contemporary Indian American writer, recounts a Western encounter with the exotic other in the context of cross-cultural communication. Through the sto...

    Column:Culture Studies   069-076   Details

  • On Said's Inheritance and Resistance to Foucault's Theory

    Author:Tianxing Cai

    Abstract: Said's inheritance of Foucault's theory has undergone the stages of following, using, and resisting (trying to surpass). Foucault's theory of discourse and power in the 1970s was the most important source of Said's own theory, and Orientalism is a successful example of its application. After the 1980s, Said tried to...

    Column:Culture Studies   077-085   Details

  • The "Untimely" Sentimental Education: On Liang Shiqiu's Translation of The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise

    Author: Ruoze Huang

    Abstract: The Chinese version of The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise was Liang Shiqiu's first literary translation to be published in Crescent Moon. This paper examines the translator’s textual strategies and literary attitudes in this work. Dissatisfied with the subject...

    Column:Translation History Studies   086-096   Details

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