The Chinese writer, Wang An-yi, is considered to be very abundant in her literary works and awards among all the female writers of New-era Literature. As a female writer, Wang An-yi integrates the female perspective with the upheaval of her background to delicately and profoundly depict the characters and the affection towards hometown. Her works are extensive in both the subject matter and length, among which the short stories gain the best comments. In her novels, female roles are often the ones which are emphasized the most and vividly. Female consciousness, which is particularly worth discussing, is strongly revealed in both the portrayal of characters and the arrangement of plots. Though the concept of female consciousness seems to have long been taken as granted by the contemporaries, the footsteps of tradition are everywhere, observing the seemingly modern society. This is why the issue of female consciousness still leads to many feelings after so many years.
The research in the thesis will focus on the female consciousness in five novels of Wang An-yi’s- “Three Loves,” composed in the 80s, including “The Love of Barren Hills,” “The Love of a Small Town,” and “The Love of Jinxiu Valley,” and also “Mini” and “I Love Bill” (all called “Virgin Egg” in the Taiwan Press version, publishing by Rye Field Publishing Co.), composed after the 90s. The aim of the thesis is to discuss the process of how women’s consciousness is awaken, how they pursue their self-awareness with courage, how they become lost due to the restriction of their self conditions, and finally how Wang An-yi inspires these women under the specific conditions of characters, environment, and fate that are given to the women, which also expresses Wang’s expectations towards modern women.