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|Other Titles:||Imaging a Female Hunter: Sexual Segregation and Space in Mountain and Sea Writing of Aborigines|
Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages, and Literature, NTNU
Mountain and sea writing has been an important subject in aboriginal Mandarin literature. Yet, in my observation, female aboriginal writers virtually didn’t touch upon hunting activity in their books, while male aboriginal writers have established an example of patrilineal cultural heritage in nature. Therefore, we can hardly find an image of “female hunter” in literary works up until now. However, the lack of hunting experience and/or a tradition of gender division of family labor should not be the reasons that female aboriginal writers didn’t write about hunting. From the perspectives of literary aesthetics, publish marketing, and sexual segregation of space, this essay is going to interpret this phenomenon and try to explain how female aboriginal writers were confined to an established model of classic literature and how they expressed their spatial imagination and personal experiences differently in contrast to male aboriginal writers’. Culture is formed through a conflation of past and presence. While writing about home country and keeping cultural heritage, we may consider about new possibilities of writing materials, rather than imagining or mimicking a tradition which has existed for a long time. That’s why we are eager to have a literary work about female hunting.
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