The Power of Literature: Western and Outside Sources in Mao’s World

In life, reading is a gift. Reading often remains an instrumental component of growth, change, and influence. At times, reading literature delivers a magical power that can reveal new worlds and perspectives to people. Beginning in 1966, The Cultural Revolution in China, created by Mao Zedong, exiled the upper class youth into re-education camps in … Read moreThe Power of Literature: Western and Outside Sources in Mao’s World

Female Empowerment in Communist China

Feminism is the advocacy of equality between men and women socially, politically, and economically. In Dai Sijie’s novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, the narrator and his friend, Luo, are set on civilizing a young village girl who they meet during their re-education, known as the Little Seamstress. This novel displays a female protagonist, … Read moreFemale Empowerment in Communist China

Insufficient Women or Insufficient Equality

Feminism is the equality of the sexes in social, political, and economic standards. Balzaccand the Little Chinese Seamstress shows how many assumptions and expectations there are of women, compared to those of men. This piece of literature does not support feminism because not only does the Little Chinese Seamstress tolerate two men who think they … Read moreInsufficient Women or Insufficient Equality

The Irony of the Re-Education System of Communist China

Re-education, a practice in Communist China where city youths are sent to rural villages in order for them to get in touch with the way of their ancestors and create a larger working class, may seem like a harmless system. However, re-education, to a degree, is pointless. In its irony, city youths going to rural … Read moreThe Irony of the Re-Education System of Communist China

Dai Sijie’s Creation of Beauty

Beauty – in its physical embodiments – is one of the most important overarching themes of Dai Sijie’s novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. Dai creates a sense of beauty in the novel by highlighting the beauty of the characters, the place and the natural scenery. In exploring beauty in a truly multi-faceted manner, … Read moreDai Sijie’s Creation of Beauty

Freudian Explanation for Significance of the Narrator’s Dreams

Elias Curran-Moore Freudian Explanation for Purpose of the Narrator’s dreams in “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” Various theories of why we dream range from practical applications like facilitating encoding memories for long term storage or working through problems in an abstract fashion, all the way to activation synthesis theory, which states dreams have no … Read moreFreudian Explanation for Significance of the Narrator’s Dreams

‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress’ Psychoanalytic-Marxist Analysis of Luo

In Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, Luo’s attempt to re-educate the Little Seamstress is indicative of his own participation in the class struggle. This protagonist projects his own desire to be a member of the more sophisticated ‘upper-class’ in his education of the Little Seamstress. However, the end results of Luo’s … Read more‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress’ Psychoanalytic-Marxist Analysis of Luo

Post-Colonial Theory in ‘By Night in Chile’ and ‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress’

Post-colonial theory divides the colonizer’s point of view from that of the colonized; however, literature, with its promiscuous plurality of points of view can understand, contain, and even synthesize different cultural perspectives. Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile describes members of Chile’s ruling elite under the Pinochet’s dictatorships. Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese … Read morePost-Colonial Theory in ‘By Night in Chile’ and ‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress’