Journal of Chaohu University ›› 2023, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (4): 143-148+154.doi: 10.12152/j.issn.1672-2868.2023.04.018

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Trauma Writing and Recovery in Amy Tan's Saving Fish from Drowning

WANG Xi-ping:1.School of Foreign Studies, West Anhui University;2. Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya   

  1. 1. School of Foreign Studies, West Anhui University, Lu'an Anhui 237012;
    2. Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50603
  • Received:2023-01-09 Online:2023-07-25 Published:2024-01-09

Abstract: Saving Fish from Drowning is the fifth novel by contemporary Chinese American writer Amy Tan. It tells the bizarre encounters and cultural conflicts of a group of American travelers through a combination of ghost narrative and multiple perspectives. Behind the foreign customs is the traumatic story of the ghost Chen Bibi. Based on the perspective of trauma narrative, this article takes the individual trauma of the narrator Bibi as the research object, analyzes the memory and recurrence of death trauma, childhood trauma, and cultural trauma, explains her trauma healing process of telling trauma and reinventing subjectivity, thereby pointing out that Chen Bibi's trauma reproduction and healing is a portrayal of the trauma of the Chinese community in modern society. The novel retells the traumatic agony in modern society in the form of trauma narrative, reveals the social thinking and humanistic feelings conveyed by the author, and thus manifesting unique function of trauma narrative in the process of healing cultural trauma.

Key words: Saving Fish from Drowning, death trauma, childhood trauma, cultural trauma, trauma recovery

CLC Number: 

  • I106.4