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Title: From feminism to postfeminism : a feminist critique of the works of Hong Ying and Li Bihua
Author: Kung, Wing Sze Kaby
ISNI:       0000 0004 5346 7253
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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The aim of the thesis is to investigate the development of female consciousness under the impact of Western feminist ideologies in Chinese female writings by examining specific works of Hong Ying and Li Bihua using a feminist and a postfeminist approach. By analysing the earlier and later works of Hong Ying and Li Bihua, one is able to recognise the shifts from feminist to postfeminist ideas that are apparent in the works of the two authors. The thesis is divided into four main sections and will include; the feminist and post-feminist ideologies of the two aforementioned authors' works, the different representations of women in the authors' original texts with their sequential movie and TV adaptations, and finally the impact of internet weblogs on Chinese women writings. In the first two core chapters, I use both feminist and post-feminist approaches to scrutinize the earlier and later literary work of Hong Ying and Li Bihua. Despite the fact that the two authors have very different writing styles, their common interest is to rewrite Chinese historical women with a hint of feminist rationale. Therefore, through comparing and contrasting the feminist ideologies in both writers' works, the development of feminism in and the impact of Western Feminism on China can be revealed. Apart from literary texts, owing to the widespread movie and TV adaptations of the two authors' literary writings, I examine the ramifications caused by the difference between the original and the adapted forms of representation of feminist ideas in the works of the Hong Ying and Li Bihua in the third core chapter. Seeing that both authors also maintain Internet weblogs (blogs), which are accessed by numerous Internet users, especially in China, therefore, in my last core chapter, I employ a cyberfeminist approach to read the blogs of the authors in order to show how feminism works different on the Internet.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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