AbstractSince his secondary school days, Chun Ying Lin (1960-) has been writing novels for nearly forty years. Writing, to Lin, is his way to resist time and to prove self-existence. The literati usually take his position as “alchemy of text”. This current study, by addressing time as the thematic concern, divides Lin’s novels into the following three stages. First, with anxiety of the end of the century, the author took the "old soul" perspective staring at the inconstancy in human affection, thinking about death and existence, and observing the desolate people who are not allowed to belong to the clan. Then Lin has been transitioned into the new century to depict the gay passions and to explore worshiping the capital gods after the experiences of chaotic modernization. With an unforgettable hometown as the perpetual background, Lin’s fictions create a new world. At last, in the circle of time, Lin, by re-weaving these repeated legends, looks for values which continue to return in the pursuit and loss of faith. Furthermore, Lin looks ahead to the future of the island and sublimates his personal creation aesthetics in the eternal return. By analyzing the texts of his three different periods, this study tries to take a panoramic view of the novelist's creation and position.
|Date of Award||2018|
|Supervisor||Wei-Zhen Su (Supervisor)|
季, 竺. (Author). 2018
Student thesis: Master's Thesis