Fiction and Life：Reading Lung Ying-Tsung’s Mrs. Jao’s scherzando Drawing
|關鍵字:||龍瑛宗;通俗小說;台灣文學;趙夫人的戲畫;Lung Ying-Tsung;commercial novel;Taiwan literature;Mrs. Jao’s Scherzando Drawing|
ABSTRACT This thesis aims to further define the evolutional environment of the commercial novel and to realize the values and desires conveyed by the authors of the 1930s. Lung Ying-Tsung, hitherto referred to as an elitist literary author, ventured daringly, publishing his serial novelette, Mrs. Jao’s Scherzando Drawing. He targeted his literature - longing to express a literary feature that accented a concept of social concern– commercially, boldly presenting his skill and style to his voluminous readers who were already cultivated by the evolutional environment of the commercial novel. Moreover, his literature signified that Lung Ying-Tsung valued and considered the readers, and hoped to enhance his literary effects through the artistry and power of its contents. In addition to his unique individual literary skills, Lung Ying-Tsung manifested his ambitious literary consciousness through the theme of the novel Mrs. Jao’s Scherzando. He utilized the fictional characters to indicate the concept that literary arts often guide and influence real life, and that real life can only be presented completely through literature. Furthermore, Lung presented his characters’ society as divided by gender, revealing the privileges of the upper middleclass during the Japanese colonial period in the 1930s. The heroine - Mrs. Jao, with her specific female subjectivity created by Lung Ying-Tsung - was very different from the ordinary women of her time. The author also brought up introspection on female subjectivity outside of the normal social hierarchy, ultimately conveying a profound concern for women, and he described females as excessively eager to flee from the patriarchy of the time. The novel integrates the skills of modernism and meta-fiction linked closely with the thematic concept, so that it may adequately showcase Lung’s artistic style which seemed avant-garde at his time.
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