Exploring feminist consciousness through music in Eileen Chang’s postcolonial narratives

Ruikai Yuana, and Ravichandran Vengadasamy, and Melissa Shamini Perry, and Ruzy Suliza Hashim, (2024) Exploring feminist consciousness through music in Eileen Chang’s postcolonial narratives. GEMA: Online Journal of Language Studies, 24 (1). pp. 173-183. ISSN 1675-8021


Official URL: https://ejournal.ukm.my/gema/issue/view/1648


The characters, stories, and various issues related to female consciousness discussed in literary texts can serve as a conduit for readers to understand the complex of gender, culture, and identity in postcolonial contexts. This article explores how Chinese-American author Eileen Chang portrays the realization of female consciousness in women from post-colonial Hong Kong and Shanghai through music. Drawing upon the theories of Lucy Green and Marcia J. Citron, this study conducts a critical content analysis of two of Chang’s works Aloeswood Incense (1944) and Love in a Fallen City (1943). It examines specific dialogues and discourses related to themes of music, gender, and cultural identity. In this context, the main character Weilong in one story transforms her engagement with music and education, showcasing her journey towards self-realization and empowerment, while the protagonist Liusu in the other narrative is depicted as navigating through societal expectations and personal aspirations, with music playing a significant role in her self empowerment. The research findings suggest Chang’s works reflect the expectations and limitations of society towards women, while also revealing the crucial role of music in shaping and expressing female identity. This article can serve as a means for readers to learn about how women’s roles and identities in relation to music were shaped and how cultural background can help create similar outcomes.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Eileen Chang; Music; Feminism consciousness; Post-colonial literature
Journal:GEMA ; Online Journal of Language Studies
ID Code:23587
Deposited By: Noor Marina Yusof
Deposited On:20 May 2024 06:26
Last Modified:24 May 2024 01:09

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