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Date 2021-03-17


Why Women Writers Reject Rural Literature


Fan, Ming-Ju

Distinguished Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature, National Chengchi University


This essay is going to discuss women’s disinterest in rural writing from three following aspects, personal experiences in urban and rural area, the interests of literary productions toward urban and rural regions, and gender nature in narrative of city and country. Although the main focus is on Taiwanese women writers, this article will also take in consideration women writers of China and Hong Kong, as well as the American women’s literature in the mid nineteenth-century, particularly the historical conditions resulted in regional literature. It tends to prove that women’s position is closer to urbanity, no matter from the angles of empiricism, literary production or narrative tradition, unless under special circumstances. The spatial preference of women’s literature has been constrained by internal and external structures. Sexual segregation of space always inscribes in women’s reality and writing, even though we did not notice it.

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Bulletin of Taiwanese Literature