Dissertation > Literature > Chinese Literature > Literature Review and Research > Modern literature ( from 1919 to 1949 )

The Comparison of Lu Xun and Zhang Ailing’s Feminist Viewpoint

Author DuanJinHua
Tutor WangWanSen
School Shandong Normal University
Course Contemporary Chinese Literature
Keywords Lu Xun Zhang Ailing Feminist point of view Comparison
CLC I206.6
Type Master's thesis
Year 2005
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As writers who are concerned about the female’s fate in the history of Chinese contemporary literature, both Lu Xun and Zhang Ailing have made contributions to the women’s liberation in China. Their greatest similarity lies in their unique negative thinking, thus meditating deeper and further than common people. Their different writing styles add two more precious and beautiful sights in modern literature. However, the two writers have more or less the same idea on the discovery of and reflection on the women’s liberation. For being writers in different times with different sex, philosophy of life and philosophy of the world, they differ more in many aspects. This paper aims at examining the differences and similarities of their feminist viewpoints from the perspectives of their work in women’s issue and personal practice and also attempts to weigh their respective value and significance by setting their feminist viewpoints in a larger background of the liberation of China women.The paper is divided into three sections.Section one: Their novels both refute the traditional image of a mother, demonstrating the spirit of calm and explicit rebellion and critical thinking. As far as love is concerned, Lu Xun keeps a positive attitude while Zhang Ailing holds a suspicious one. Their philosophy of marriage tends to be the same: the negation of arranged marriage and polygamy. Lu Xun believes death to preserve one’s chastity is of no existing value, therefore putting forth new ethical standards. In Zhang Ailing’s works, she also touches upon women’s chastity and preservation of chastity after the death of husband. Generally speaking, she holds an identical view with Lu Xun.Section two:Their common reflection on women’s living straits lies in it that

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