2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Portrayals of Loss in Xinran's The Good Women of China.
Jennifer L. Wilborn
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Xinran's The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices is a collection of the stories of women who, despite disparities in their social statuses, share in extreme pain and suffering brought about by political turmoil at different points during the second half of the twentieth century. The author recounts, in horrifying detail, the experiences of anonymous women who were able to find their voice in Xinran's radio call-in program, despite the social and political constraints still in place after China's attempts to "open up" in the late 1980s. In this paper, I analyze how the loss experienced by these women manifested itself in their lives, and what insight these portrayals of loss can provide into the societal conditions of the time period.

Keywords: China, Xue Xinran, Women in China, Nonfiction, Chinese Literature

Asian Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 14-3
Location: VH 1236
Time: 10:00

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