Reincarnation: a catalyst for conflict in ‘Book one: donkey miseries’ of Mo Yan’s ‘Life and death are wearing me out’

Ly, Sally (2015) Reincarnation: a catalyst for conflict in ‘Book one: donkey miseries’ of Mo Yan’s ‘Life and death are wearing me out’. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is a literature-based research paper on the literary motif of reincarnation as a catalyst for conflict in Book One: Donkey Miseries of Mo Yan’s award-winning novel Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out. It is a dissertation written based on a close reading of Howard Goldblatt’s 2008 English translation of the Chinese original Shengsipilao, and research mainly surrounding the Buddhist concept of Samsara, semiotics in literature, and discourse analysis.
    The focus will be on three areas of conflict; identity, society and relationships. Conflict in identity unveils the secret behind reincarnation and the idea of hell; it introduces the sub-genres of hallucinatory realism and black humour, as well as exploring the point-of-views and narrative voices in the transmigration of Ximen Nao. Conflict in society explores human behaviour during the transition of traditional agricultural farming into communal farming during radical social changes, and the warped idea of justice and punishment. Lastly, conflict in relationships introduces the hierarchal changes of authoritative roles, ideas of obedience and submission, as well as the role of a father in Confucianism.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 14:38
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2015 14:38
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17632

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