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Youth Experience · Reform Trauma · Growth History——On Guo Haiyan's Novel "Foreigner"

Source: Journal of Youth Literature Published: 2019-05-09 Author: Wei room

Guo Haiyan's novels are plain and simple, but they have tremendous energy to move people's hearts. With her extraordinary writing skills, she used short and medium-length novels to describe a generation of young college students who struggled, traumatized, and reborn in the tide of the era of "state-owned enterprise reform" in the 1990s. She blends personal experience with the great changes of the times. She has great ambitions to write the changes of the times from her individual perspective. It is a "new reform narrative" where trauma and growth coexist, and a Chinese story based on realistic brushwork. Guo Haiyan's "State-owned Enterprise Reform" trilogy is a typical representative of this type of narrative, and the novel "Foreigner" is the last one in the trilogy.

The novel "Foreigner" continues the previous two descriptions of the background of the state-owned enterprise reform in the 1990s. If you say, "End of the Century" and "Ideal Country" put the focus of attention on the large state-owned listed companies-Zhuangzhi Syndicate-before bankruptcy and during bankruptcy liquidation, this "reform in progress" is presented; the novel "The Foreigner" is a story about "after reform". The Book of Foreign Objects was originally a classic book recording the strange properties of ancient China. The record of "strange things" such as "foreign matter" has multiple levels of meaning in the novel. On the one hand, "foreign body" refers to the rare object that runs through the novel, even clues-agarwood. This is the actual level of "foreign body". On the other hand, "foreign matter" is almost equivalent to "heterogeneous" and "alternative". The protagonists Wei Xiaozhuang and Li Chun in the novel "Foreigner" are very different from the heroes in the previous reform narratives. They are almost "foreigners". They are not Qiao Guangpu's heroes of reform, nor are they simply reform victims. Emerging sadness characters. They were both the victims of the reform of state-owned enterprises in that era and the self-reliants who grew up with the opportunities of the new era. They were reform "new people" under the "new reform narrative". The appearance of such "new people" was a unique creation of Guo Haiyan. At the same time, the "foreign body" is a revelation of this era of many foreign bodies. Although the novel is developed in its entirety in the name of "foreign objects", it still has a very solid reality in writing. The novel "Foreigner" began when the elderly fell over the hot topic of society, which led to a series of realistic narratives: the hero Wei Xiaozhuang was married at a young rate, and now he is distressed by the parent-child relationship after divorce; I feel that women are struggling to find jobs in today's society. Witnesses help elderly people hit by out of kindness, but they are forced to stay and pay medical expenses ... Behind these real problems, there is a root cause: the reform of state-owned enterprises in the 1990s and a series of laid-off waves. At that time, the heroine Wei Xiaozhuang was laid off as a result of the "state-owned enterprise reform" and was abandoned by his fiance. He married a man who had been pursuing himself for many years, but his ten-year marriage ended in failure. Li Chun's mother, the victim who was hit, forced a kind-hearted witness, Wei Xiaozhuang, and asked her to pay medical expenses. The reason why she made such an unreasonable request was because her son was laid off and unemployed, and his family couldn't afford it. Such a large expenditure. In the novel "Foreigner", the "state-owned enterprise reform" of the 1990s brought not only pain but also permanent trauma that was difficult to eliminate, which directly changed the original life trajectory of Wei Xiaozhuang and Li Chuns. Even if the reform has lasted for more than ten years, the "sequelae" of the reform still affects their lives today.

"Reform narrative" has become an inherent tradition of contemporary Chinese literature. At the beginning of the 1980s, "reform literature" took the literary world by storm, and "reformer vanguards" such as Jiang Zilong's "Introduction to the Factory Director Joe", Zhang Jie's "Heavy Wings", and Jia Pingwa's "Impulsiveness" appeared. To write the "reform myth" peculiar to the 1980s, based on the ancient model of binary opposition. By the 1990s, the reform narratives continued, but most of them appeared as "mainstream realist novels" to demonstrate the necessity and legitimacy of the continuing reforms in the new period and stage. Such is the case of Lu Tianming's "Secretary of the CPC", Zhang Ping's "Choice", and Liu Jianwei's "Era of Heroes". Although it shows many problems and difficulties in the reform process, light and hope are still the mainstream, and even this is the goal and ideal to “share the difficulties” together. So, in such a profound tradition of reform, what is the significance of the novel "Foreigner" in writing about "state-owned enterprise reform" in the 1990s? Where is its uniqueness?

It is worth noting that although the grand theme of the "state-owned enterprise reform" in the 1990s is expressed, the novel "Foreigner" does not adopt a grand narrative that usually shows the great changes of the social age. On the contrary, it is based on one's experience and experience, and writes about the pain, confusion, and struggle of individuals and small people in the tide of a rapidly changing era, and the strength and bravery of relocating a new path. It is unique to a generation of young people. Reform memory. But the greater significance lies in the "post-reform" story. How did Wei Xiaozhuang and Li Chun find a way out? How to get a new life?

As a result of the "state-owned enterprise reform", Wei Xiaozhuang was laid off and lost his job. In the many life changes that Wei Xiaozhuang experienced in marriage, childbirth, divorce, and re-searching for a new career, the former old owner "Zhuangzhi Group" has always been like a lingering shadow, which has repeatedly appeared in her life. Fortunately, Wei Xiaozhuang gained not only trauma and confusion, but also realized his self-growth: from a mischievous and immature young girl to a new career, determination, and ability to find a wider world of life New women of the times. From this perspective, the novel "Foreigner" is a history of female growth. When the great changes of the reform era are presented in the form of individual growth history, the individual's sweetness, bitterness, joy, sorrow, joy, and happiness add a touch of humanity and humanity to the era, and the grand era has a more three-dimensional and more vivid appearance. At the same time, times have witnessed the growth of individuals. Individuals and the times blend with each other. As individuals of all beings, they have the attributes and values that are with the times. This is the significance and value of the novel The Foreigner. The novel "Foreigner" is a Chinese story written in the "new reform era" based on individual experience!

(Fang Wei: Professor, Doctoral Supervisor, School of Letters, Soochow University, Visiting Researcher of China Museum of Modern Literature)

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Youth Experience · Reform Trauma · Growth History——On Guo Haiyan's Novel "Foreigner"

2019-05-09 17-39-51

Guo Haiyan's novels are plain and simple, but they have tremendous energy to move people's hearts. With her extraordinary writing skills, she used short and medium-length novels to describe a generation of young college students who struggled, traumatized, and reborn in the tide of the era of "state-owned enterprise reform" in the 1990s. She blends personal experience with the great changes of the times. She has great ambitions to write the changes of the times from her individual perspective. It is a "new reform narrative" where trauma and growth coexist, and a Chinese story based on realistic brushwork. Guo Haiyan's "State-owned Enterprise Reform" trilogy is a typical representative of this type of narrative, and the novel "Foreigner" is the last one in the trilogy.

The novel "Foreigner" continues the previous two descriptions of the background of the state-owned enterprise reform in the 1990s. If you say, "End of the Century" and "Ideal Country" put the focus of attention on the large state-owned listed companies-Zhuangzhi Syndicate-before bankruptcy and during bankruptcy liquidation, this "reform in progress" is presented; the novel "The Foreigner" is a story about "after reform". The Book of Foreign Objects was originally a classic book recording the strange properties of ancient China. The record of "strange things" such as "foreign matter" has multiple levels of meaning in the novel. On the one hand, "foreign body" refers to the rare object that runs through the novel, even clues-agarwood. This is the actual level of "foreign body". On the other hand, "foreign matter" is almost equivalent to "heterogeneous" and "alternative". The protagonists Wei Xiaozhuang and Li Chun in the novel "Foreigner" are very different from the heroes in the previous reform narratives. They are almost "foreigners". They are not Qiao Guangpu's heroes of reform, nor are they simply reform victims. Emerging sadness characters. They were both the victims of the reform of state-owned enterprises in that era and the self-reliants who grew up with the opportunities of the new era. They were reform "new people" under the "new reform narrative". The appearance of such "new people" was a unique creation of Guo Haiyan. At the same time, the "foreign body" is a revelation of this era of many foreign bodies. Although the novel is developed in its entirety in the name of "foreign objects", it still has a very solid reality in writing. The novel "Foreigner" began when the elderly fell over the hot topic of society, which led to a series of realistic narratives: the hero Wei Xiaozhuang was married at a young rate, and now he is distressed by the parent-child relationship after divorce; I feel that women are struggling to find jobs in today's society. Witnesses help elderly people hit by out of kindness, but they are forced to stay and pay medical expenses ... Behind these real problems, there is a root cause: the reform of state-owned enterprises in the 1990s and a series of laid-off waves. At that time, the heroine Wei Xiaozhuang was laid off as a result of the "state-owned enterprise reform" and was abandoned by his fiance. He married a man who had been pursuing himself for many years, but his ten-year marriage ended in failure. Li Chun's mother, the victim who was hit, forced a kind-hearted witness, Wei Xiaozhuang, and asked her to pay medical expenses. The reason why she made such an unreasonable request was because her son was laid off and unemployed, and his family couldn't afford it. Such a large expenditure. In the novel "Foreigner", the "state-owned enterprise reform" of the 1990s brought not only pain but also permanent trauma that was difficult to eliminate, which directly changed the original life trajectory of Wei Xiaozhuang and Li Chuns. Even if the reform has lasted for more than ten years, the "sequelae" of the reform still affects their lives today.

"Reform narrative" has become an inherent tradition of contemporary Chinese literature. At the beginning of the 1980s, "reform literature" took the literary world by storm, and "reformer vanguards" such as Jiang Zilong's "Introduction to the Factory Director Joe", Zhang Jie's "Heavy Wings", and Jia Pingwa's "Impulsiveness" appeared. To write the "reform myth" peculiar to the 1980s, based on the ancient model of binary opposition. By the 1990s, the reform narratives continued, but most of them appeared as "mainstream realist novels" to demonstrate the necessity and legitimacy of the continuing reforms in the new period and stage. Such is the case of Lu Tianming's "Secretary of the CPC", Zhang Ping's "Choice", and Liu Jianwei's "Era of Heroes". Although it shows many problems and difficulties in the reform process, light and hope are still the mainstream, and even this is the goal and ideal to “share the difficulties” together. So, in such a profound tradition of reform, what is the significance of the novel "Foreigner" in writing about "state-owned enterprise reform" in the 1990s? Where is its uniqueness?

It is worth noting that although the grand theme of the "state-owned enterprise reform" in the 1990s is expressed, the novel "Foreigner" does not adopt a grand narrative that usually shows the great changes of the social age. On the contrary, it is based on one's experience and experience, and writes about the pain, confusion, and struggle of individuals and small people in the tide of a rapidly changing era, and the strength and bravery of relocating a new path. It is unique to a generation of young people. Reform memory. But the greater significance lies in the "post-reform" story. How did Wei Xiaozhuang and Li Chun find a way out? How to get a new life?

As a result of the "state-owned enterprise reform", Wei Xiaozhuang was laid off and lost his job. In the many life changes that Wei Xiaozhuang experienced in marriage, childbirth, divorce, and re-searching for a new career, the former old owner "Zhuangzhi Group" has always been like a lingering shadow, which has repeatedly appeared in her life. Fortunately, Wei Xiaozhuang gained not only trauma and confusion, but also realized his self-growth: from a mischievous and immature young girl to a new career, determination, and ability to find a wider world of life New women of the times. From this perspective, the novel "Foreigner" is a history of female growth. When the great changes of the reform era are presented in the form of individual growth history, the individual's sweetness, bitterness, joy, sorrow, joy, and happiness add a touch of humanity and humanity to the era, and the grand era has a more three-dimensional and more vivid appearance. At the same time, times have witnessed the growth of individuals. Individuals and the times blend with each other. As individuals of all beings, they have the attributes and values that are with the times. This is the significance and value of the novel The Foreigner. The novel "Foreigner" is a Chinese story written in the "new reform era" based on individual experience!

(Fang Wei: Professor, Doctoral Supervisor, School of Letters, Soochow University, Visiting Researcher of China Museum of Modern Literature)

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