Reifying Cultural Memory and Violence in Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue
學年 108
學期 1
出版(發表)日期 2020-01-01
作品名稱 Reifying Cultural Memory and Violence in Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue
作品名稱(其他語言) 羅惠賢《斷語》中文化記憶與暴力之具現
著者 HSIUNG, Ting-hui
著錄名稱、卷期、頁數 中山人文學報 48,頁53-72
摘要 This paper attempts to examine how Vyvyane Loh's contemplation on the national identity of Singapore is exemplified through cultural memory and violence that are made tangible in the moment of the national upheaval. Violence in Breaking the Tongue makes possible the representation of trauma and allows readers to experience the cruelty of war. Violence also serves as the narratological strategy to evoke cultural memory. References to Chinese culture and Chinese classics constitute the cultural memory in this novel, by which Claude survives Sook Ching, and in the end recognizes and reshapes his identity. Another character, Ling-li, is characterized as the follower of General Yue Fei's legacy of loyalty, strengthening the connection between ethnic Chinese and the Chinese culture. Although such connection incurs criticisms on Loh's reiteration of the national ideology for her remodeling Claude as his ethnicity determines, it also invites reflection on whether Chineseness becomes an unbreakable burden for ethnic Chinese in Singaporean context.
關鍵字 Breaking the Tongue;cultural memory;violence;Chineseness;《斷語》;文化記憶;暴力;中華性
語言 en_US
ISSN 1024-3631
期刊性質 國內
收錄於 THCI Core ESCI
國別 TWN
出版型式 ,紙本

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