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postgraduate thesis: A critical study of Ling Shuhua and her literary writings = 凌叔華的生平與創作研究

TitleA critical study of Ling Shuhua and her literary writings = 凌叔華的生平與創作研究
A critical study of Ling Shuhua and her literary writings = Ling Shuhua de sheng ping yu chuang zuo yan jiu
Authors
Advisors
Advisor(s):Yeung, YF
Issue Date2016
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Yuan, C. [袁嬋]. (2016). A critical study of Ling Shuhua and her literary writings = 凌叔華的生平與創作研究. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.
AbstractLing Shuhua (1900-1990) is well received as an important woman writer in modern China since the May 4th era. There has been extensive research on her writing and career as a writer. However, very few studies have examined how she became a writer and how she expanded her role in the literary arena after establish-ing a reputation. This thesis intends to do a critical and comprehensive study of Ling Shuhua’s life and literary works from her birth in 1900 to the publication of her English bio-graphical fiction Ancient Melodies in 1953. The research methodology utilized in-volves biographical, philological approach and close reading, etc. Chapter One reviews the literature on Ling Shuhua, points out the objective, scope, methodology, structure and significance of this thesis. Chapter Two focuses on Ling Shuhua’s early life and family education (1900- 1913). From her father Ling Fupeng’s political career, artistic creations and polyg-amous family, we analyze what influenced her childhood memory and her writing afterwards. Chapter Three explores Ling Shuhua’s experience and literary works in middle school (1914-1919). During those five years, Ling Shuhua wrote in classical Chi-nese style. However she started to become enlightened by Western knowledge such as nationalism, which made her writing traditional, with a modern twist. Chapter Four investigates Ling Shuhua’s education and literary creations in Yen-ching University (1920-1924). After a four-year study in the Department of English, Ling Shuhua was systematically educated by Western thoughts and foreign literature, which widened her horizon and improved her in many respects. Contem-poraneously, Ling Shuhua started to learn vernacular writing through translating English essays into Chinese, and write plays and short stories. Chaprter Five mainly discusses Ling Shuhua’s development as a writer in the literary field (1925-1935). She made use of social capital to enter the literary field, improved her writing to publish three collections of short stories and obtained recognition and reputation in modern Chinese literary arena. Chapter Six focuses on Ling Shuhua’s literary practice as the Chief Editor of “Modern Literature and Art” in Wuhan Daily (1935-1936). Through editing the Lit-erary Supplement, Ling Shuhua tried to create a literary space of Jing School in Central China. At the same time, Ling Shuhua’s literary style changed to some ex-tent while holding these two roles. Chapter Seven interprets Ling Shuhua’s experience in English literary field (1936-1953). Her case shows the difficulties and the hard-pressed conditions of a Chinese writer who has striven to be gradually recognized in the Western world. Ling Shuhua’s autobiography and pieces on China and its people attest to the strug-gles of a Chinese writer in Western society. Chapter Eight introduces Ling Shuhua’s essay, including her review of literary thoughts and memories from China after 1953, and summarizes her literary life to conclude this thesis.
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
Subject20th century - Women authors, Chinese
Dept/ProgramChinese
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/255465

 

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dc.contributor.advisorYeung, YF-
dc.contributor.authorYuan, Chan-
dc.contributor.author袁嬋-
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-05T07:43:39Z-
dc.date.available2018-07-05T07:43:39Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationYuan, C. [袁嬋]. (2016). A critical study of Ling Shuhua and her literary writings = 凌叔華的生平與創作研究. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/255465-
dc.description.abstractLing Shuhua (1900-1990) is well received as an important woman writer in modern China since the May 4th era. There has been extensive research on her writing and career as a writer. However, very few studies have examined how she became a writer and how she expanded her role in the literary arena after establish-ing a reputation. This thesis intends to do a critical and comprehensive study of Ling Shuhua’s life and literary works from her birth in 1900 to the publication of her English bio-graphical fiction Ancient Melodies in 1953. The research methodology utilized in-volves biographical, philological approach and close reading, etc. Chapter One reviews the literature on Ling Shuhua, points out the objective, scope, methodology, structure and significance of this thesis. Chapter Two focuses on Ling Shuhua’s early life and family education (1900- 1913). From her father Ling Fupeng’s political career, artistic creations and polyg-amous family, we analyze what influenced her childhood memory and her writing afterwards. Chapter Three explores Ling Shuhua’s experience and literary works in middle school (1914-1919). During those five years, Ling Shuhua wrote in classical Chi-nese style. However she started to become enlightened by Western knowledge such as nationalism, which made her writing traditional, with a modern twist. Chapter Four investigates Ling Shuhua’s education and literary creations in Yen-ching University (1920-1924). After a four-year study in the Department of English, Ling Shuhua was systematically educated by Western thoughts and foreign literature, which widened her horizon and improved her in many respects. Contem-poraneously, Ling Shuhua started to learn vernacular writing through translating English essays into Chinese, and write plays and short stories. Chaprter Five mainly discusses Ling Shuhua’s development as a writer in the literary field (1925-1935). She made use of social capital to enter the literary field, improved her writing to publish three collections of short stories and obtained recognition and reputation in modern Chinese literary arena. Chapter Six focuses on Ling Shuhua’s literary practice as the Chief Editor of “Modern Literature and Art” in Wuhan Daily (1935-1936). Through editing the Lit-erary Supplement, Ling Shuhua tried to create a literary space of Jing School in Central China. At the same time, Ling Shuhua’s literary style changed to some ex-tent while holding these two roles. Chapter Seven interprets Ling Shuhua’s experience in English literary field (1936-1953). Her case shows the difficulties and the hard-pressed conditions of a Chinese writer who has striven to be gradually recognized in the Western world. Ling Shuhua’s autobiography and pieces on China and its people attest to the strug-gles of a Chinese writer in Western society. Chapter Eight introduces Ling Shuhua’s essay, including her review of literary thoughts and memories from China after 1953, and summarizes her literary life to conclude this thesis. -
dc.languagechi-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subject.lcsh20th century - Women authors, Chinese-
dc.titleA critical study of Ling Shuhua and her literary writings = 凌叔華的生平與創作研究-
dc.titleA critical study of Ling Shuhua and her literary writings = Ling Shuhua de sheng ping yu chuang zuo yan jiu-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.description.thesisnameDoctor of Philosophy-
dc.description.thesislevelDoctoral-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineChinese-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.date.hkucongregation2017-
dc.identifier.mmsid991043962781303414-

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