"Blank" and Love: Love in the Miniature Novels of Indonesian--Chinese Writer Yuan Ni


Among Indonesian-Chinese authors, Yuan Ni is very well known. This paper analyzes her miniature novels by using Wolfgang Iser’s blank theory to explore her writing on love and the values behind it. Firstly, Yuan Ni’s view of love shows a call for genuine feelings, and the artistic blank in some of her novels leads readers to think critically. Secondly, her novels also show the notion that perfect love should be sublimated in the family, which is the result of Indonesian-Chinese women’s conscious identification with traditional Chinese ethics. The concept of family is an important point in this traditional ethical view. However, in some of her works, the novel presents blank the meaning of the text, which reflects the fact that the family, a symbol of patriarchal power, often hinders love, and this feature of the text reveals the author’s inner entanglement.

Keywords: Yuan Ni, novel, Indonesian Chinese fiction writing

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