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Title: Fragmented encounters, social slippages: Lin Huiyin's "In ninety-nine degree heat"
Author: Prado Fonts, Carles  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: 1930s China
Chinese literature
Lin Huiyin
student studying abroad
discourses of representation
social class
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Lectora: revista de dones i textualitat
Citation: Prado-Fonts, C. (2010). Fragmented encounters, social slippages: Lin Huiyin's "In ninety-nine degree heat". Lectora: revista de dones i textualitat, (16), 125-141. doi: 10.2436/20.8020.01.8
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Abstract: The article reads Lin Huiyin's short story 'In Ninety-Nine Degree Heat' (1934) in relation to the context of 1930s China, as an innovative literary work which combines elements from both the Chinese and the Western traditions, and as a text which informs readers not only of the problematic of class and gender issues in 1930s Chinese society but also of the context of the liuxuesheng who returns to China -like Lin Huiyin herself. Focusing on questions like otherness, representation, and encounters, the essay analyzes how the episodic narrative structure of Lin's short story echoes social and representational discourses in post-May Fourth China, at the same time that it explores issues such as social inequality, otherness and alienation, which were crucial to the liuxuesheng, and which reflect Lin's own experience as a returned and alienated liuxuesheng at the time.
Language: English
ISSN: 1136-5781MIAR
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