||Recently in the literary scene in Taiwan, many female writers came forth with substantial understanding of the Taiwanese literature. Following their experiences in a rapid-transforming society, the awakening of female self-awareness and the subtle changes of gender relationships, they translated their experiences into text through literature. This is the common feature shared by the contemporary female writing. With her unique “artistic, appealing, and profound” writing skills and sharp psychoanalysis, Tsai Su-Fen’s (蔡素芬) works give in insight into life. Through her realistic writing, significance is bequeathed to banal subjects. A union between fiction themes, content and art, her works have obtained extraordinary achievement and become a kind of their own which exceeds others.
Tsai Su-Fen is not a productive writer but a awarding-winning one. Her works in these years were prized with short story, novelette, and novella awards respectively. She not only has obtained the favor of professional literary critics, but also attracted by a wide range of readers which led to her establishment in the literary scene. Her works henceforth attract more scholarly attention. Among the research discourse on her works, some defined her as a Taiwanese nativist writer or an undertaker of the fiction tradition of writers like Wang Lan. So far there has never been an complete analysis over Tsai Su-Fen’s works of different stages of her writing. A more microscopic approach is absent. This essay sets out from the personal life experiences of the writer and the analysis, conclusion and systematic discourse are mainly based on the theme presented in the work while taking the writer’s ideological background, thread of thoughts, and multi-facet style of writing into account as well. The objective is to grasp the writing spirit through the research. While obtaining insight into the contemporary qualities, reflecting social phenomenon and then further identifying issues, woman’s study and self-development can use this for examples and retrospection.
Following is the chapter summary:
Chapter 1 Prologue
What’s stated here would be research motive and goal, previous literature review, Tsai Su-Fen’s biography, her writing experiences and lastly the study field and methodology. A categorized summary would be given to establish the structure of the essay.
Chapter 2 Children of the salt field nurtured by the nature
The earlier stage of the writer’s life experiences is the backdrop, and the attachment between people, land and environment is the central theme of illustration.
Chapter 3 the olive tree in the dream
The campus folk song, “The Olive Tree,” represents the ideal expectation toward love and dream of a group of freshmen who just enter into the open and free environment of university. Wandering with dreams, they seek their own lives and self fulfillment.
Chapter 4 Metropolitan scene
After leaving hometown for the city, trapped in urban crowdedness and noise, facing the indifferent relationships, lust void of feelings and the endless pursuit of power and material desire, one is lost and confused, exhausted with inertia. Through the writer’s acute experiences, her words display her humanitarian concern to life.
Chapter 5 women come to their own
Writing about women in different period and their living condition in the reality of social structure which show difficulties and struggles they faced when encountering the patriarchal system. The work is imbued with female reflection. The tone suggests the unyielding female perseverance, self-identity and self-realization while contemplating on the possible way out for women.
Chapter 6 Conclusion
Giving a summary of the view points stated in the previous chapters so as to illustrate the multi-diversity of Tsai Su-Fen’s works. Probing into the theme ideology in her writing so as to define her in the literary scene context in Taiwan.