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Wuxia fiction, a fantasy genre usually written by male authors, tends to portray female characters in only minor parts or supporting roles, without a personality independent of the story’s male characters. Zheng Feng is a wuxia novelist who has grown in prominence in recent years. When she began writing, her publisher described her as the “female Jin Yong.” As she has continued to publish, she has gradually developed her own style. Being a rare female wuxia author, she places value on her female characters in her works like no others do. Whether or not the gender of an author leads to a significant change in the portrayal of female characters is worth exploring. Traditional wuxia fiction usually emphasizes wisdom and the martial form of female chivalry (Nǚ xiá), and the truths being mentioned often emerge while revealing the actions or thoughts of male characters. Standing on the shoulders of giants, Zheng Feng not only outlines the wisdom and martial qualities of female chivalry, she also places a strong emphasis on their true beings. By expanding her female characters’ lives, which used to be limited in the narrative only to their relationships, and undoing the ritual bondage of women in general, their life choices become broad and diverse. Women can decide how to prioritize the relationships in their lives, and they are brave enough to pursue self-actualization, representing a full and vivid female image. This study begins by sorting out the connection between female readers and wuxia, how female readers are attached to wuxia fiction, and how female authors have affected the genre. Then, categories are presented based on observations of the outer and inner beings of the female characters, who present a unique feminine perspective in Zheng Feng’s work. Finally, the study offers a summary analysis of the breakthroughs and possible blind spots of a female author writing wuxia fiction.
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