This thesis aims to study Qiong Yao''s novels in the 1970s. Qiong Yao is a legendary novelist in Taiwan. The characters in her romances always cherish their love very much, emphasizing the value of everlasting love. Many of her novels have been adapted into films and TV series with great success. What are the literary strategies Ms. Qiong Yao uses to draw the readers into her stories? I read all her novels in the 1970s and widely probed into the research reports and review articles on her works in order to give more profound interpretations of Qiong Yao''s novels in this period. Therefore, in the introduction chapter, I raise questions, define scope of the study, undertake literature review, and select research methods for this thesis. In chapter 2, it explores the effects of Qiong Yao''s background on her works, such as family circumstances, education and upbringing, life experiences, love life, personality traits, creativity and opportunities to become a writer. In chapter 3, it concentrates on the analysis of the narrative strategies applied by Qiong Yao. Three elements - figures, plots and themes are discussed. In chapter 4, it analyzes how Qiong Yao arranges story structures and what rhetorical skills she uses to draw the reader to read her love romances again and again. In the last chapter, it concludes with a summary of the study’s findings and recommendation for future study on Qiong Yao’s poetry and song lyrics.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Professor Cui for his constant
guidance and assistance during the writing of this thesis. He has devoted a
considerable portion of his time to reading my manuscripts and providing valuable
suggestions and incisive comments for further revisions. Without his efforts and
time in revising and polishing my drafts, the completion of these five chapters would
never have been possible.