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    Title: Reifying Cultural Memory and Violence in Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue
    Other Titles: 羅惠賢《斷語》中文化記憶與暴力之具現
    Authors: HSIUNG, Ting-hui
    Keywords: Breaking the Tongue;cultural memory;violence;Chineseness;《斷語》;文化記憶;暴力;中華性
    Date: 2020-01
    Issue Date: 2020-03-19 12:10:21 (UTC+8)
    Publisher: 國立中山大學文學院
    Abstract: This paper attempts to examine how Vyvyane Loh's contemplation on the national identity of Singapore is exemplified through cultural memory and violence that are made tangible in the moment of the national upheaval. Violence in Breaking the Tongue makes possible the representation of trauma and allows readers to experience the cruelty of war. Violence also serves as the narratological strategy to evoke cultural memory. References to Chinese culture and Chinese classics constitute the cultural memory in this novel, by which Claude survives Sook Ching, and in the end recognizes and reshapes his identity. Another character, Ling-li, is characterized as the follower of General Yue Fei's legacy of loyalty, strengthening the connection between ethnic Chinese and the Chinese culture. Although such connection incurs criticisms on Loh's reiteration of the national ideology for her remodeling Claude as his ethnicity determines, it also invites reflection on whether Chineseness becomes an unbreakable burden for ethnic Chinese in Singaporean context.
    Relation: 中山人文學報 48, p.53-72
    DOI: 10.30095/SYJH
    Appears in Collections:[Graduate Institute & Department of English] Journal Article

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