영어영문학연구, Vol.61 no.1 (2019)
pp.23~43

DOI : 10.18853/jjell.2019.61.1.002

Dialogic Voices in The Woman Warrior

Ko, Jeongyun

(Dong-A University)

This paper revisits Maxine Hong Kingston’s ground breaking novel The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. Using Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory on dialogic discourses, the paper examines multiple voiced discourses of The Woman Warrior that reveal intricate conflicts embedded in various types of oppressions the Chinese American female narrator faces in America. Through a close reading of the text, the paper attempts to discover multiple voices hidden in The Woman Warrior and examine how these voices prevent the reader from settling in absolute truths from the text. Kingston allows the text to have these heterogenous dialogic voices by first challenging and deconstructing any authoritative discourses that demand unconditional allegiance from listeners. Instead of these authoritative narratives, Kingston makes the narrator create playfully multiple and even conflicting voices that allow the room for heteroglossia to emerge. Examples of these carefully crafted dialogic voices are examined as Kingston’s narrative strategy to create heteroglossic world in The Woman Warrior. In the process, the paper argues that Kingston’s strategy of using dialogic voices enabled her to effectively represent heterogeneous nature of Chinese American women’s lives in the 1970s.
  아시아계 미국 여성; 대화적 목소리; 이종어; 맥신 홍 킹스톤; 여인무사;Asian American women; Dialogic Voices; heteroglossia; Maxine Hong Kingston; The Woman Warrior

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