The Steadiness in Narrative Structure in The Woman Warrior

Haixia GUO


The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (hereafter refer to as The Woman Warrior) by Maxine Hong Kingston has attracted prompt attention since its first publication, especially in the feminist criticism and ethnic analysis. There is also much discussion on its narration, mainly the narrative techniques or the uncertainty narrative effect. This article is more interested in the steadiness in its narrative structure, trying to explore the certainty under its uncertain appearance. It also points out that the uncertainty and certainty emerging in its narrative content and structure respectively reveals the paradox rooted in Kingston’s ideological dimension, due to her indeterminate position stuck between two different cultures. 


The Woman Warrior; Steadiness; narrative

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