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URN etd-0720115-114232
Author Yu-Syuan Guo
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Department Foreign Language and Literature
Year 2014
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title Traumatic Memory in Lydia Kwa’s This Place Called Absence and Pulse
Date of Defense 2015-06-26
Page Count 86
Keyword
  • trauma
  • absence
  • residue
  • diaspora
  • Abstract Lydia Kwa’s critics tend to focus on gender issues as both the author and her novels obviously attempt to highlight the existence of homosexuality in different time and space. Only few critics notice that the diasporic status and traumatic memory are major themes. This thesis aims to investigate traumatic memory in Lydia Kwa’s This Place Called Absence and Pulse.
    Chapter One discusses the diaspora poetics of This Place Called Absence. The book title “This Place Called Absence” depicts a diasporic way of life that the diasporic subjects neither fully belong to homeland nor the host land. Constructed by the voices of four narrators, This Place Called Absence reveals the situation of diasporic women and maps out a diasporic route that spans the twentieth century and across the Pacific Ocean. Chapter Two investigates traumatic memory in Pulse, which tells and enacts story of trauma, especially the protagonist Natalie’s traumatic memory. I apply Cathy Caruth’s trauma theory to examine Natalie’s narration of the overwhelming possession of her intrusive traumatic past. Moreover, Natalie’s narration simultaneously reveals the interweaving of traumatic memory and collective memory. Chapter Three discusses the concept of residues that both novels share. Here, I analyze types of residues: remains after experiencing loss and the themes of This Place Called Absence that appear again in Pulse. In conclusion, though the problem seems to be solved in This Place Called Absence, the same problem reappears in Pulse. Thus, I regard Pulse as a sequel to This Place Called Absence.
    Advisory Committee
  • Peng Yi - chair
  • Min-hsiou Hung - co-chair
  • TEE Kim Tong - advisor
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  • Indicate in-campus at 0 year and off-campus access at 1 year.
    Date of Submission 2015-08-20

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