Chen Su-yao’s works that are situated in Penghu include the novels Maritime, The End of the Day, and Blotters, and an essay titled Yaocao. She sketches different styles of girls in Penghu in a charming and ethereal tone. In Blotters, the cunning, clever, and attentive girls display their own emotional growth. Focusing on these girls, I discuss how Chen Su-yao depicts the development of the girls’ emotional education with the Penghu landscape as the background. I also demonstrate how the native land and the human perception of it contribute in the “growth” experiences of the girls and affect their values and social choices in Chen’s seemingly casual writing and understanding of growth hidden within the rising and ending of love, death, and life, and the acts of leaving and returning.
|Translated title of the contribution||Growth Memory in Penghu: the Native Land in Chen Su-yao’s Blotters|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
- Chen Su-yao
- native land memory