A Life in Dreams: The Dream Motif in the Poetry of Luo Qilan and Ming-Qing Women Writers

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TitleA Life in Dreams: The Dream Motif in the Poetry of Luo Qilan and Ming-Qing Women Writers
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSchram, R. B.
Corporate AuthorsLi, Xiaorong
Academic DepartmentProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Page98
Date Published2012
PublisherUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Place PublishedUnited States -- California
ISBN Number9781267650771
Keywords0305:Asian literature, 0342:Asian Studies, Dream, Dream poetry, Language, literature and linguistics, Luo qilan, Ming, Qing, SOCIAL sciences, women
Abstract

This thesis examines the Qing female poet, Luo Qilan (1755-1813) and her poems called "Record of Dreams: Eight Poems" Ji meng shi ba shou within the larger tradition of dream poetry from male literati and Ming-Qing women writers. The dream motif plays many roles in Chinese poetry, acting as a literary device and expressive tool to fulfill the poet's personal needs, to liberate the poet from the limitations of reality, and to reveal the poet's inner psyche. In particular, this thesis will analyze the differences and similarities between the male and female tradition of dream poetry and show how Luo Qilan engages with both to discover her own voice in dreams. By composing poetry with the dream motif, Luo Qilan explores her identity, meditates on self-reflection, fulfills her desires and transcends both her reality and gender.

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