Probability of "Beauty" and Necessity of "Purity": Change of Discourse in the Design of Modern Chinese Women's Images in Contemporary Literature and its Cultural Significance
- August 14, 2007
- By Sun Guirong
- Editor: leiyang
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This paper intends to distinguish four types of expressions of "beauty" and "bad-looking" associated with women's body and of "purity" and "immorality" used to describe women's integrity so as to identify the changes in expressions of women's images in contemporary literature since the founding of the People's Republic. Before 1976, women's "beauty" and "purity" were more united with politics and had strong ideological characteristics. Since the reforms, women's "beauty" and "purity" that has been tossing in the field of love have become a key focus of women's discourse under the influence of commercialism. Changes in women's discourse in the past fifty years are both a result of changes in values and a cause for the rise of feminist thinking. They have, moreover, instigated the rise of different styles of "narration" that are circulating in different systems.
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