Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Life in Dreams: The Dream Motif in the Poetry of Luo Qilan and Ming-Qing Women Writers
by Schram, Rachel Bartow, M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012, 97; 1519488
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Li, Xiaorong
Commitee: Egan, Ronald, Saltzman-Li, Katherine
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Department: East Asian Languages and Cultures
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian literature, Asian Studies
Keywords: Dream, Dream poetry, Luo qilan, Ming, Qing, Women
Publication Number: 1519488
ISBN: 9781267650771
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