A study of “Chinese-ness” in Eileen Chang’s English novel, The Fall of The Pagoda / Chin Sze Yuin

Chin , Sze Yuin (2019) A study of “Chinese-ness” in Eileen Chang’s English novel, The Fall of The Pagoda / Chin Sze Yuin. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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      A distinct feature in Eileen Chang's authorship is her incorporation of “Chinese-ness” into her English literary works. This is a style she clearly adopts to showcase the traditional Chinese family during the 1930s in Shanghai’s International Settlement. The main aim of this study is to identify the types of “Chinese-ness” that occur in one of Chang's English novels, The Fall of the Pagoda. Additionally, it is also the purpose of this study to look into the effects of “Chinese-ness” on the comprehensibility of readers. A survey was carried out on two different groups of respondents: that is Chinese literates and non-Chinese literates, in order to look into the effects of the incorporation of “Chinese-ness” on the comprehensibility of these two groups of readers. The survey was conducted by using a questionnaire, and the answers gathered were analysed and quantified in percentages to rank the responses of the respondents. It is important to discover how the incorporation of “Chinese-ness” affects the comprehensibility of readers as this has implications for overcoming challenges faced in reading literary writings. This study was carried out with a close textual analysis of the novel, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

      Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
      Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A.) – Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, 2019.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Eileen Chang; The Fall of the Pagoda; Incorporation of “Chinese-ness”; Comprehensibility of readers; Stylistic approach
      Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
      Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
      Depositing User: Mr Mohd Safri Tahir
      Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2020 06:29
      Last Modified: 09 Jan 2020 06:29
      URI: http://studentsrepo.um.edu.my/id/eprint/10612

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