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A Study of Female Writing and Figures of Malaysia and Singapore Chinese Women writers
In this study, Malaysia and Singapore Chinese female writers and the female figures in their novel are the main research targets. In order to figure out the feminist consciousness, cultural viewpoint, and social perspective that appeared in those texts, this study analyzed and sorts out the female figures in the novels. Both Mahua Literature and Xinhua Literature began to emerge along with the May 4th Movement in 1919. Malaysia and Singapore Chinese writers had been striving to their writing career for almost a century, especially working on the theme of localization, self-identification, and national identification. The male writers played an important role in Mahua Literature, nevertheless, the female writers had marginalized due to the majority of male writers with higher number of authors and the quantity of literary output. Apart from the mainstream theme, Mahua female writers were also concentrate about the issue of female that always being overlooked. On the other hand, the rise of female writers of Xinhua Literature in 1980s was totally different from Mahua Literature. The female writers in Singapore even exceeded the male writers under some circumstances. Due to the diverse history and development between Malaysia and Singapore, feminine Literature of Mahua and Xinhua were not exactly different. Therefore, both Mahua Literature and Xinhua Literature are an important part among overseas Chinese literature. The writing perspectives of female writers is different from male writers as well. Most of time, female writers are able to illustrate accurately from female perspectives, moreover, they present feminist ideas beyond all doubt. There were four Chinese female writers who devoted to Mahua Literature and Xinhua Literature were chosen to be the research target, consisted of You Jin, Zhang Xi Na from Singapore, Shang Wan Yun, He Shu Fang from Malaysia. Overall, this study provided the analysis of female figures that appeared in the novels of four main female writers through different perspectives, and contributed the findings to testify the new discovery as well.
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