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Title: 從「姿態人生」談李昌來小說裡的美國夢
In the Shadows of the American Dream
Other Titles: A Study of Chang-rae Lee's Writing of the Gesture Life
Authors: 國立臺灣師範大學英語學系
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2012
Publisher: 中華民國英美文學學會
Abstract: 韓裔美國作家李昌來(Chang-rae Lee)以他的第二部小說《姿態人生》(A Gesture Life)創造了一個非道地的英語詞彙「姿態人生」(“a gesture life”),但此一名詞適足以譬喻李昌來首三部小說的主人翁所過的生活。這些主角道貌岸然,看似過著受人敬重、羨慕的生活,但事實上個個心虛難安,缺乏勇氣正視其矯作姿態背後所意圖掩飾的人生缺陷。這些人物之所以裡外矛盾,其實都源自於壓抑在記憶中難以承受的創傷,以及受圚於「美國夢」的不實幻想。本文首先將從偽飾、模仿、雙重意識、角色扮演的角度,比較並解釋「姿態人生」之為一現代寓言的意義為何,進而分析李昌來的三部作品,並以此檢討美國夢。
Korean American writer Chang-rae Lee has created an unidiomatic English to entitle his second novel, A Gesture Life, for portraying a life with affectations and disillusionments. In fact, “a gesture life” could serve as the title for Lee’s first three novels since all his “admirable” protagonists lead a life with neither sincerity nor affections, mainly due to their long-suppressed trauma and their obsession of pursuing the American dream. This essay will firstly explicate how “a gesture life” denotes a modern allegory by comparing and contrasting it with passing, mimicry, double-consciousness and impersonation, and then present a reading of Lee’s novels, so as to examine Lee’s reflection on the American Dream.
ISSN: 1024-2856
Other Identifiers: ntnulib_tp_B0201_01_002
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