In the field of Taiwanese literature study, the 50s’is usually defined as an anti-communism period. However, a boom of female writings and popular fictions by women also exist in this period. Regarding that, anti-communism texts didn’t, as some have claimed, dominated the 50s, though it was the mainstream in writing. A lot of female writers of 50s’ were neglected, and Chang Shu-Han, once voted the reader’s favorite writer, was one of them. In regarding to the fact, this paper aims at analyzing the significance of the women’s images and metaphor in Chang Shu-Han’s works in the history of Taiwanese female writing.
This thesis comprises five chapters. The first chapter, introduction, includes the motive and purpose for conducting this research, literature review, the limits and prospective of this research, and the structure of this thesis.
In the second chapter, I will analyze the formula of writing in Chang Shu-Han’s popular romances. Starting with explicating the common structure in her romances—two falling in love, then conflict and contradiction in relation appeared, and self-awakened follows—, I will explain how these female roles in Chang Shu-Han’s novels became independent and awakened in the process toward awareness; that is, falling in love, facing the loss of love, and dealing with betrayal. All the ups and downs in the relationship contributed to the plot and made the protagonists abandoned traditional female’s characteristics of obedience and be self-awakened through the dialogue with themselves.
The third chapter is about the women’s images in Chang Shu-Han’s novels. This chapter focuses on the images of the female characters. Chang Shu-Han sympathized and respected the persistency of traditional women. However, she also appreciates the new women who accepted new knowledge, challenged traditional rules and became independent person. These new women’s characteristic were very different from the traditional women. This is where the audience can see clearly the image of new women leading the old-time women out of traditional rule.
Chapter 4 Writing women’s subject in Chang Shu-Han’s novels by comparing and contrast her with Lin Hai-yin（林海音）and Meng Yao（孟瑤）
This chapter seeks to compare Chang Shu-Han with Lin Hai-Yin（林海音）and Meng Yao（孟瑤）. The comparison is important because these three authoress were in the same period, and by comparing them, we can find the special meaning of Chang Shu-Han’s novel; that is, Chang Shu-Han wanted to show the entwining between new age and old age. We can see how the women grow up and finally get the prospect on their own when women faced the test of love.
Chapter 5 Conclusions
This chapter analyzes the mode of love and the women’s images in Chang Shu-Han’s novels. In her novels, Chang claims that ”love” is important for women because these female roles communicated and negotiated in their love relationship and grow up in the processes. In my writing, by comparing with Lin Hai-Yin（林海音）and Meng Yao（孟瑤）, I intend to show that Chang Shu-Han not only focuses on traditional women who sacrificed for love, but also emphasizes the new women’s struggles, conflicts and negotiations in romantic relationship. This process is essential for these female to have brand-new personalities. To sum up, Chang Shu-Han’s writing demonstrated an important achievement of women’s struggling toward awakening and self-awareness.