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Sketches on a Blank Slate: Shawna Yang Ryan's Future-Oriented Memories of the Past
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, Chinese Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8064-0483
2023 (English)In: Taiwan Literature in the 21st Century.: A Critical Reader / [ed] Chia-rong Wu & Ming-ju Fan, Singapore: Springer , 2023, p. 217-233Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter has a threefold agenda. First, it aims at positioning Taiwanese American writer Shawna Yang Ryan and her literary work in the context of literary Taiwan, illustrating how identity policy, transpacific politics, and national desire intersect. Second, it demonstrates how the February 28, 1947 “impact event”—key to Ryan’s Taiwan-oriented novel Green Island—is charged with perceptual patterns that share at least three common features: a national trauma, a forced collective amnesia and, a history of betrayal. Third, it shows how Green Island employs family history to reanimate and interact with these cultural patterns by embracing and reconfiguring the traumatic experiences of the generation of witnesses/victims from a transgenerational and transnational perspective. Her ideology-oriented narrative not only formulates ethical concerns and builds a future-oriented historical consciousness, but it also creates a transpacific space from which the trans/formation of Taiwanese American identity can be negotiated against the background of trans/national history.

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Singapore: Springer , 2023. p. 217-233
Series
Sinophone and Taiwan Studies, ISSN 2524-8863, E-ISSN 2524-8871 ; 5
Keywords [en]
Shawna Yang Ryan, February 28 Incident, Green Island, national trauma, family history
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Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Asian Languages and Cultures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-214578DOI: 10.1007/978-981-19-8380-1ISBN: 978-981-19-8379-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-214578DiVA, id: diva2:1734333
Available from: 2023-02-06 Created: 2023-02-06 Last updated: 2023-05-10Bibliographically approved

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