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Fictionality and Reality in Narrative Discourse A Reading of Four Contemporary Taiwanese Writers

Fictionality and Reality in Narrative Discourse A Reading of Four Contemporary Taiwanese Writers
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  • ISBN-13: 9781581120820
  • ISBN: 1581120826
  • Publisher: Universal Publishers

AUTHOR

Chen, Li-fen

SUMMARY

This dissertation is an attempt to define a Chinese "modernism," exemplified by the narrative practices of four major writers in Taiwan today, from the perspective of comparative literature and recent development of literary theory. I propose that modernity of Taiwanese fiction is not so much a result of Western influences as an evolution of Chinese narrative tradition itself. To argue my point I delineate a poetics of Chinese narrative, from which I devise a method of reading and a criterion of evaluation for contemporary Taiwanese fiction in defining its achievement and historical significance. This study of Taiwanese fiction also aims at providing a better understanding of fundamental aesthetic assumptions of Western "modernism" in the context of its own literary tradition. Book jacket.Chen, Li-fen is the author of 'Fictionality and Reality in Narrative Discourse A Reading of Four Contemporary Taiwanese Writers' with ISBN 9781581120820 and ISBN 1581120826.

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