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Struggling productions : Ying Chen and the representation of cultural identity in Quebec, 1992-1999

Author: Roy Fu; Concordia University.; Concordia University (Montréal, Québec). Department of Communication Studies.
Publisher: 2000.
Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--Dept. of Communication Studies, Concordia University, 2000.
Series: (Canadian theses = Thèses canadiennes).
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript : Microfiche   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this thesis I explore the definition of cultural identity as 'representation', that identities don't exist as forms of fixed, absolute, and/or natural essence; instead, they are merely conceptual constructs, definitions of culture and cultural difference, produced in accordance with evolving historical situations and political intentions. I therefore examine a body of texts that constitutes representation of  Read more...
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Named Person: Ying Chen
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Fu; Concordia University.; Concordia University (Montréal, Québec). Department of Communication Studies.
ISBN: 9780612542624 0612542629
OCLC Number: 896956825
Notes: "August 2000"
Reproduction Notes: Copy 3, microfiche. Ottawa, Ont. : National Library of Canada, [2000] 1 microfiche. (Canadian theses = Thèses canadiennes).
Description: vii, 82 leaves ; 29 cm.
Details: System requirements for Internet version: Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Series Title: (Canadian theses = Thèses canadiennes).
Responsibility: Roy Fu.

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In this thesis I explore the definition of cultural identity as 'representation', that identities don't exist as forms of fixed, absolute, and/or natural essence; instead, they are merely conceptual constructs, definitions of culture and cultural difference, produced in accordance with evolving historical situations and political intentions. I therefore examine a body of texts that constitutes representation of identity, in a specific historical--namely, 'diaspora'--context: the four novels published by Ying Chen, and the various critical and artistic responses inspired by these novels in Quebec. I argue that Chen's literary representations of identity are primarily characterized by a progressive conceptual trajectory towards anti-essentialist definitions. Meanwhile, the various secondary texts tend to re-inscribe the author and her works according to the metaphors of 'Chinese writer' and 'immigrant writer'. In the process, they inhibit key articulations in Chen's works from effective circulation in the Quebecois cultural milieu. These circumstances, I argue, reflect the confrontation of two historically distinct and opposing discourses of identity, and indicate a broader historical struggle for power in the social realm.

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