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Master of Arts (M.A.)

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In the past fifteen years, the Beijing writer Feng Tang has enjoyed great popularity, especially among young readers. As a versatile writer, he published not only novels but also essays and poems. His representative work is the semi-autobiographical The Beijing Trilogy which depicts the coming-of-age of a boy named Qiushui and his friends. The main theme of this trilogy is the growth of youth and thus establishes a youth narrative. Based on a close reading of the trilogy, this paper aims to explore the true nature of the youth narrative that Feng Tang presents in his The Beijing Trilogy. This paper is divided into five sections: section one introduces the writer Feng Tang and The Beijing Trilogy; section two discusses the feature of youth narrative in the realm of the genre bildungsroman; section three analyzes the counter-sublime tendency associated with the writer’s rebellion from the official discourse and mainstream ideology; section four focuses on the phallocentrism that is pervasive in the story; and section five is the conclusion.


First Advisor

Enhua Zhang

Second Advisor

David K Schneider

Third Advisor

Zhongwei Shen