IJLLL 2021 Vol.7(3): 106-110 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2021.7.3.295

Transformation of Diseased Women in Ding Ling’s Novels—Based on the Metaphor of Disease

Yi Wu
Abstract—In Ding Ling’s novels, she repeatedly adopted the diseased woman as the protagonist in order to present her own thinking of gender and social issues. By establishing a chronological reading of three protagonists, this paper will not only discuss the transformation of the metaphoric usage, but also explore socio-historical implications and gender issues in depth. To better understand both the features of Ding Ling’s artistic innovation and the transition of her identity, and more importantly, to reconfiguring the position of gender issues, this paper adopts the method of analysis and have close reading of three short stories written by Ding Ling, which are Sophia’s Diary, Girl Amao and When I Was in Xia Village, and combines the fictional stories with historical facts. In conclusion, Ding Ling’s depiction of diseased women gradually developed from a private narrative and imitation of romantism into a realistic style, revealing the struggles of peasant women who were damaged by the society, which suggested Ding Ling’s deconstruction of May Fourth discourse and exploration of her leftist identity.

Index Terms—Ding Ling, diseased women, gender, class, war.

Yi Wu is with School of Literature, Nankai University, Tianjin, 300071, China (e-mail:1712726@mail.nankai.edu.cn).

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Cite:Yi Wu, "Transformation of Diseased Women in Ding Ling’s Novels—Based on the Metaphor of Disease," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 106-110, 2021.

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