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Title: 边缘独嘶的胡马: 析论席慕蓉诗学中无怨的寻根情结 = A Critical Analysis of Hsi Mu Ren's Poetry from a Marginal Perspective - Journey embarked on the Greenland in search of Humanity
Authors: 张萱萱
Keywords: Marginal/Periphery; Diasporic; Other-ness; Root-seeking complex; Nostalgia; Simple humanity
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2007
Citation: 张萱萱,TIONG SHIUAN SHIUAN (2007-08-31). 边缘独嘶的胡马: 析论席慕蓉诗学中无怨的寻根情结 = A Critical Analysis of Hsi Mu Ren's Poetry from a Marginal Perspective - Journey embarked on the Greenland in search of Humanity. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Hsi Mu Ren (??-???e??i??1943i??) is one of the most popular poets from Chinese speaking communities. As a Taiwanese poet who bears the blood of the Mongolians, Hsi made her first trip to Mongolia in search of her own roots and sense of belonging only in her late forties due to her diasporic background. This dissertation examines Hsia??s continuous nostalgia and root searching complex for Mongolia with a focus on her unique marginal ethnic status and alienated perspective, by comparing and contrasting her works before and after her debut visit to Mongolia in 1989. It regards the sentiments for beautiful things, melancholic tone, and retrospective viewpoint prevalent in Hsia??s earlier love poems as a revelation of her yearning for homeland. It also argues that despite initially driven by her personal need, Hsi Mu Rena??s root-searching after her Mongolia-bound journeys is no longer restrained to her lost childhood, but extended to concerns for the entire Mongolian culture and for the simple humanity of mankind. In addition to offering an in-depth analysis on the major themes, as well as Hsia??s literary styles, poetic images and use of language, this dissertation underlines Hsi Mu Rena??s neither Taiwanese nor Mongolian periphery ethnic status, and how this feeling of a??other-nessa?? has evoked the poet to embark on a deeper search for selfhood and a reliable cultural identity. It concludes that it is exactly this marginal/periphery status that has made Hsi Mu Rena??s poems so different from the nostalgic works of her contemporaneous writers. Her viewing Mongolian culture as an ideal cultural paradise not only subverts the China-centrism in which Mongolian culture is marginalized, but also provides an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Mongolian nomads.
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