Translated Titles

Patchwork Diaries of Blue Stockings vs. Countryside Traveler's Chronicle: A Comparative Study of Tien-Wen Chu's "The Words of A Witch" and Wu He's "Remains of Life"




郭誌光(Chih-Kuang Kuo)

Key Words

朱天文 ; 舞鶴 ; 《巫言》 ; 《餘生》 ; 拼貼 ; 議論 ; Tien-Wen Chu ; Wu He ; "The Words of A Witch" ; "Remains of Life" ; Collage ; Discourse



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

12期(2011 / 04 / 01)

Page #

239 - 241+243-272

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This article attempts to perform an analysis on the novelistic narration of ”The Words of A Witch” by Tien-Wen Chu and Wu He's ”Remains of Life”, in the hope of finding future outlets for creative writing of Taiwanese novels. After extensive comparison, the two novels reveal similarities in which they both started out from current times, and then followed a complex and diverse non-linear timeline and historic view. As for the characteristics of the narration approach, the author of the former novel described her daily life as well as her creative aesthetics, and at the same time documented Taipei and the world at the turn of the century. In frozen time frame, she attempted to overturn the law in which time narration dwindles once it gets past the climatic point. Various writing methods used include analytical observation, collage, hyper-novel writing, and free traveling through time and space. The author of the latter novel cut into the Taiwan issue from a wood tablet that records the survivors of ”Wu-She Incident” in Kawanakajima. By means of immersion for extensive periods of time in fieldwork novel writing style, the author integrated modernism and postmodernism meta-discourse writing to the work, then re-introduced the ”Wu-She Incident” in a new light, as a literary version of a tale of the mountain wilderness. If we say Tien-Wen Chu, like James Joyce and Italo Calvino, are disciples of encyclopedic-style writing, then Wu He should belong with the group of grass root magical realism writers that includes William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The two authors used completely different writing styles as they wrote about Taiwan. One stayed in the prosperous Taipei City connected to the rest of the world; the other dwelled deep in the mountain tribes of Taiwan. Contrasting as urban and rural might seem, both places lies in the same island of Taiwan nevertheless. Therefore, it is only futile to differentiate amongst 'genuine' and 'phony' locals. As for the question of who shall be the star blinking up high in the literary skies, history tells us, the test of time would explain it all.

Topic Category 人文學 > 語言學
人文學 > 中國文學
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