The spindle of thesis is writing gradations of novels written by Qiong-Qiong Yuan. We can divide her works into 80’s, 90’s and the New Century. 80’s starts from Spring Water Boat of 1979 to novel, Love in This Life of 1988;90s starts from Apple’s Smile of 1989 to radio drama novel, Beauty’s Love Story: Da-Fu Yu and Ying-Xia Wang of 2000;the New Century starts from love letter series gradually published from 2006 to pilot work of Taiwanese, Memorandum of Vicissitudes published in 2015. This research has been conducted with the intention of writing gradations, then intends to start from literature category and background to divide in sections. We will try to explore changes in writing gradations of Qiong-Qiong Yuan, the process of changing from impersonal state to personal state in her works, and steps of female consciousness and female body writing.
Keyword: Qiong-Qiong Yuan, writing gradations, female, autobiography, body
Qiong-Qiong Yuan’s works are of various types. She is a productive writer, and famous for her novels. However, she has put efforts into performing arts gradually since her work, A Sky of One's Own was adapted to TV drama, and she was the screenwriter of it. The amount of literature works decreased, but her novels became more fabulous due to the changes of workplace and her life as a writer. Qiong-Qiong Yuan also started transformation in style and persuasion as female in the verified and open environment of performing arts field. The spindle of her works is novels, including short stories, flash fictions, novels, radio drama novels, love letter series belonging to private writing, and pilot works of novels. If we divide works based on time, there will be 80’s (1979-1988), 90’s (1989-2000), and the New Century (2006-2015). The research core can be changes in works of different periods and writing gradations. From transformation in changes of impersonal state to personal state to presentation of female body and oneself, the theme of Qiong-Qiong Yuan’s writing is mainly about marriage, love, and family. Her writing stages are like 3 stages of female literature development put forward by Elaine Showalter: imitation, protest, and self-development. The female roles she created turned from faithful, chaste housewives to charming mistress to emphasis on sex enjoyment, happiness. In this research, we will contrast her writer life, the process of finding female consciousness with stages, referencing of Qiong-Qiong Yuan’s writing, female, or feminism related research.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Chapter 2 80’s：Forward Position and Method of Female Writing
The spindle of this chapter is Qiong-Qiong Yuan’s works in 80’s. We can see her mild, conservative, traditional, and introverted writing style of 80’s. She tried her best to separate her works from herself. Hidden and unwilling to face her true self, she suppresses her true self with imitating and disguising. This is the impersonal writing style based on other’s expectation.
Chapter 3 90’s：Fracture and Transformation
In this chapter, we go through Qiong-Qiong Yuan’s works in 90’s. She was not productive at that time which means the transition of her focus from literature to screenplay. In this period, there are three pieces of works contrast with her different life as a screenwriter. She moved from simple, common family space to performing art industry where there is sexual promiscuity in. She encountered conflict between value systems and the lost about relationship made her writing themes change drastically from affection to disillusion of relationship among human beings. She focused on scary, thrilling but charming, lusty writing style at that time which became the feature of this period.
Chapter 4 The New Century：Female Lust, Private Writing
In this chapter, we talk about drastic changes in Qiong-Qiong Yuan’s relationship. In this period, she was not afraid to show herself between lines at all, especially in love letter series which involves the characteristics of private proses and anonymous writing. Qiong-Qiong Yuan’s writing about sex can be contrasted with Gayle Rubin’s argument. Rubin thinks that a large part of female suppression origins from sex. To think outside the box of sexual intercourse based on feudalism, patriarchy and fertility, the persuasion of female consciousness should also be found in sex issues. Through writing the scene about female reach sexual climax and enjoy sex, Qiong-Qiong Yuan let it become the ritual to collapse male power, and get rid of identity as object to find true self.
This thesis aims to explore the process of impersonal state, transition, and personal state, the change about authenticity of autobiography writing through writing gradations in 80’s, 90’s, and the New Century periods. We will divide the thesis into different sections by changes of literature backgrounds and genre trend. Here, we analyze the female in Qiong-Qiong Yuan’s writing. Beginning from traditional women who are faithful, chaste to charming mistress, she continued to write about awareness of female consciousness and describe the process of exploring female body and sexual enjoyment at the end. Her writing gradations also present the life journey and adventure of finding female consciousness.
|Date of Award||2017|
|Supervisor||Wei-Zhen Su (Supervisor)|