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Necessity and Difficulty: The Identity Narrative of Zhang Fang's Novels After the Lifting of Martial Law
|Keywords:||張放 ; 外省作家 ; 身分敘事 ; 老兵 ; 1949 |
Zhang Fang ; provincial writers ; identity narrative ; veterans ; 1949
|Issue Date:||2020-10-12 09:55:01 (UTC+8)|
The Taiwanese literary circles in the 50s were dominated by provincial writers, although it was rare among these writers to maintain the level of creativity and continue publishing after the lifting of martial law until the new era. Zhang Fang was the exception among these provincial writers who moved to Taiwan. He wrote for decades and produced an incredibly large number of works. This study aims to examine why Zhang Fang continued writing even though many other provincial writers stopped. It analyzes the identity narrative in Zhang Fang's novels, examines the internal and external factors and highlights the significance of the spiritual values and subject constructions therein. The study finds that Zhang Fang's works repeatedly focused on migrants who moved to Taiwan around 1949, with the collective fate of working-class intellectuals and veterans as the main theme. They began to have a clear understanding of the Kuomintang-Communist civil war, the White Terror and the vicious consequences of the cross-strait isolation after they gained permission to visit relatives in mainland and the lifting of martial law. The collapse of the frames of war made Zhang Fang re-think historical topics regarding how this generation of migrants should be known and remembered. His novels tell stories of the migrants' sorrow due to lack of understanding by others and of emptiness and loneliness felt by them as social outcasts. On the other hand, his later writings were not only about the revelation of psychological traumas and examination of history, but also to seek answers for the generation of migrants who moved to Taiwan around 1949, including himself. In his narratives, he reconstructed the enthusiastic and simple images of the veterans. The ＂alternative stories＂ of the migrants' positivity, hardworking and gratefulness became Zhang Fang's utopia, and helped him to find his destiny as a writer and attain eternity in the spiritual kingdom.
|Relation:||政大中文學報, 32, 281-313|
|Appears in Collections:||[政大中文學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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