Images of Chinese women in Pearl S. Buck's novels : a study of characterization in East wind, west wind, Pavilion of woman, Peony, The good earth, and The mother

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dc.contributor.advisor Goldman, Irene C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Gao, Xiongya, 1955- en_US
dc.coverage.spatial a-cc--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:25:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:25:48Z
dc.date.created 1993 en_US
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1993 .G3 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/176314
dc.description.abstract This study is an analysis of images of Chinese women in five of Pearl S. Buck's novels: East Wind: West Wind, The Good Earth, The Mother, Pavilion of Women, and Peony. Buck's female characters, with their different degrees of individuality and typicality, form a realistic picture of Chinese women.In terms of thematic content, the study shows that all Buck's female characters use their limited power within the constraints of their society to achieve what they deserve, often employing different, covert ways, some manipulation, and even a little deception.The significance of this is that it reveals, in an artistic way, the social conditions under which Chinese women at Buck's times lived. Chinese women had been very much oppressed. In order to survive, they had to act in ways acceptable by their society. However, they had, just as their male counterparts, the desire to love, to be happy, to maintain dignity, and to be free. What is more important, they were intelligent, courageous, and capable of fighting to achieve their goals for themselves.Buck portrays her female characters both as typical of Chinese women in general and as strong individual figures, each facing different conflicts, in a variety of social, familial situations, with unique characteristics. In order for the Western readers to understand the cultural content in which the individuals function, Buck gives her Chinese characters enough typicality as a solid foundation for the Westerners to interpret their behaviors.It is not difficult for the reader to see how the Confucian doctrines and the social conditions concerning Chinese women are truthfully reflected in the novels herein analyzed. Therefore, different degrees of individualization of these characters result from differing themes of the novels in which they appear. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent v, 268 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- China -- Social conditions. en_US
dc.subject.other Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973 -- Criticism and interpretation. en_US
dc.subject.other Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973 -- Characters -- Women. en_US
dc.title Images of Chinese women in Pearl S. Buck's novels : a study of characterization in East wind, west wind, Pavilion of woman, Peony, The good earth, and The mother en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/862280 en_US


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