Researches on Duras’ Acceptance in Mainland China From the Perspective of the Evolution of Chinese Contemporary Literary Trends After China’s Reform and Opening up

Bingxin ZHOU, Chuan ZHU


The transformation of the image of the famous French writer Margaret Duras in Chinese culture reflects different modernity construction paths in mainland China after the reform and opening up. In the literary trend of “root seeking” in the 1980s, a portion of the foreign language community adopted a conservative stance and reshaped it through Duras’ introduction and “root seeking” style, implying a return to national tradition for modernity construction; After the rise of feminism in China in the 1990s, female writers paid tribute to Duras and regarded her as a foreign flag for the construction of female subjectivity, thus exploring modernity based on gender culture; After the rise of consumerist culture at the turn of the century, the cultural market led by Shanghai reshaped Duras as a semiotic of “bourgeoisie”, echoing the slogan of “everything centered on economic development” and supporting the concept of modern national construction with economic development.


Duras; Root seeking movement; Female writing; Consumerism

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