In her article "Queer Love in Woolf's Orlando and Chu's Notes of a Desolate Man" Pei-Wen Clio Kao analyses Virginia Woolf and T'ien-Wen Chu's novels in the context of gender studies. Kao's reading of Orlando and Notes of a Desolate Man is an elaboration on homosexual sensibilities of both men and women based on the concept of écriture féminine in the context of patriarchy and the former's power of subversion and change. Kao's analysis results in the finding that while Woolf's Orlando is more attuned to the feminist discourse based on an extended Western project in its period and movement to destabilize patriarchal ideology, Chu's Desolate Man can be read as the positive force of self-examination and self-transformation empowered by feminist awareness and by concerns about (homo)sexual equality.
Kao, Pei-Wen Clio
"Queer Love in Woolf's Orlando and Chu's Notes of a Desolate Man."
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