Female Consciousness; Gender role; Sexuality; the New Period; Wang Hai-ling; Three stories about marriage; 여성의식; 성별 분업; 섹슈얼리티; 신시기; 王海鸰; 결혼삼부곡
중국어문학, no.69, pp.183 - 213
A study of Female Consciousness of Chinese modern novels in Korea is mainly weighed on works and writers of the 1920~1930's and the late 20th century, and on some writers. This study is intended to broaden its limits of understanding by studying Wang, Hai-ling(王海鸰)'s novel in the end of 20 century over the early of 21 century.
After the Chinese economic reform, the traditional concept of a patriarchal family system came alive. Some women accepted this and returned to their families and husbands, others awakened to a deep- rooted harmful effect and transcended it after denying it.
Women suffer from not only jobs but housekeeping labor. They face various unequal situations whether returning to their families or remaining in their work places. Especially following the market economy principle, they are in an unfavorable condition such as risked dismissal and low wages. And traditional concept of “Nan Cai Nü Mao(男才女貌)” which judges women by appearance is adding to its voice. As a result, a married woman gets involved in a serious unequal situation.
Wang, Hai-ling's images of women represent the women facing the contradiction in a zone of suppression and transcendence. Some women increasingly try to secure a sexual identity in the sexual relations. In process of this, escaping from a moral taboo, a new form of female sexuality following its free will is founded.
Wang, Hai-ling's women tried to seek self-realization, awakening to inequality factor in the traditional masculism culture and defying this, independently nailing down a problem, getting forward from dependence to self-reliance, affirming their value and pursuing their sex appeal, competing against men, building up a sense of sovereignty.