English  |  正體中文  |  简体中文  |  Post-Print筆數 : 11 |  Items with full text/Total items : 89192/118972 (75%)
Visitors : 23778864      Online Users : 223
RC Version 6.0 © Powered By DSPACE, MIT. Enhanced by NTU Library IR team.
Scope Tips:
  • please add "double quotation mark" for query phrases to get precise results
  • please goto advance search for comprehansive author search
  • Adv. Search
    HomeLoginUploadHelpAboutAdminister Goto mobile version
    Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://nccur.lib.nccu.edu.tw/handle/140.119/122718

    Title: "The Nebulous Shape of Narrative": A History of Trauma and Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue
    Authors: Tong, Donna T.
    Contributors: 文山評論:文學與文化
    Keywords: Vyvyane Loh;Breaking the Tongue;Sook Ching Massacre;Singaporean national identity;chosenness;Chineseness;trauma history
    Date: 2017-12
    Issue Date: 2019-03-29 15:07:40 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: From the opening scene where the protagonist comes to the disorienting realization that he is being tortured, it is clear that Vyvyane Loh's debut novel Breaking the Tongue is deeply concerned with torture, and in this paper I contend that torture structures and refracts the multivocality and multiplicity of the nonlinear narratives that comprise the text in ways that imagine its traumatizing effects, including positioning the reader inescapably as part of the historical tragedy of the Sook Ching Massacre in particular and colonialism in general even decades after the fact. I argue that this focus on torture is meant not only to centralize protagonist Claude Lim's experiences to effect a certain commentary on Singaporean nationality and nation-building, including a narrative of being chosen that refracts and plays upon a sense of both traumatic history and working through trauma, inextricably entangled with decolonization and the Sook Ching Massacre, but also to mimic, mime, and otherwise enact the subsequent traumatic effects of torture and thereby positions the reader paradoxically as a victim of, witness to, and perpetrator of torture as well. In this paper, I will focus mainly on the character of Claude and the Sook Ching Massacre as it is represented in the novel, and how the novel intertwines anxieties about colonial legacies of deculturalization with the trauma of war, specifically the singling out of Chinese persons qua Chinese drawing upon pertinent concepts on trauma from Cathy Caruth and Dominick LaCapra.
    Relation: 文山評論:文學與文化, 11(1), pp.1-32
    Data Type: article
    Appears in Collections:[文山評論:文學與文化 THCI Core] 期刊論文

    Files in This Item:

    File Description SizeFormat
    109.pdf738KbAdobe PDF68View/Open

    All items in 政大典藏 are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved.

    社群 sharing

    DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2004  MIT &  Hewlett-Packard  /   Enhanced by   NTU Library IR team Copyright ©   - Feedback