Xiangchou, Nostalgia, and Solastalgia: Environmental Distress in 21st Century Chinese Ecofiction

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Abstract

This thesis investigates xiangchou (nostalgia/ homesickness) and solastalgia (homesickness at home) as the typical 'structure of feeling' and of rhetoric in 21st century Chinese ecofiction. It argues that environmental degradation has destabilized the 'green imagination' of xiangchou, which has evolved into a fundamental, psychophysical sense of displacement. The thesis approaches issues of environmental injustice through three key dimensions of ecological crises: extinction, deforestation, and pollution. The examined works include those by Jia Pingwa, Ye Guangqin, Alai, Jiang Rong, Chen Qiufan, and Hao Jingfang.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Song, Xianlin, Supervisor
  • Hughes-D'Aeth, Tony, Supervisor
  • Mead, Philip, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date9 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022

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