The Heroines’ Predicament of Self-differentiation in Celeste Ng’s Fictions
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- Celeste Ng; Self-differentiation; Everything I Never Told You; Little Fires Everywhere
The new-generation Chinese American writer Celeste Ng has won many awards and praises for two novels Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere. Both novels with a recurring family motif, begin with the suspense of a missing girl and narrate the self-differentiation process of Lydia and Izzy across the double shackles of the family and social system. Drawing on the concept Differentiation of Self in Bowen’s Family Systems Theory, this present paper is designed to discuss the self-differentiation process of the two gone girls Lydia and Izzy, especially the predicament of individual self-differentiation under different spatial forms. The results indicate a panorama of the dysfunctional family system and dominant social discourse they live in, and reveal a fact that the self-differentiation level is deeply influenced by the family of origin and the mainstream environment, thus discussing the possibility to reconstruct self under the double shackles for individuals.
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TY - CONF AU - Minyao Tian PY - 2022 DA - 2022/03/30 TI - The Heroines’ Predicament of Self-differentiation in Celeste Ng’s Fictions BT - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Education, Language, Art and Inter-cultural Communication (ICELAIC 2021) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 291 EP - 298 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220306.046 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.220306.046 ID - Tian2022 ER -