Deconstructive Strategies on Illustrating the Oriental Philosophy in Ted Chiang’s The Story of Your Life

Gang XU


In the past decades, the rise of Chinese-American Sci- Fi writers injected new vitality into the development of science fiction literature. Among them, Ted Chiang’s works often construct an imagined world and life state with their unique ethnic perspective, aiming to provide an alternative “other reality” for “this reality”, which reflects the author’ thinking under the collision of Oriental philosophy and contemporary social observation. In Ted Chiang’s The Story of Your Life, the author uses his unique writing strategies to deconstruct the thoughts of logocentrism, the traditional male-female relationship and self-righteous rationalism in the western society. In this way, Ted Chiang successfully revolts against the western hegemonic culture and its values, and advocates the universal values of mankind through the literary discourse with Oriental philosophy.



Deconstructive strategies; Oriental philosophy; Ted Chiang ; The Story of Your Life

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