“Friendship or Romantic Love?”: Critically Adopting Queer Theory to Explore Laotong Relationship in Snow Flower Secret Fan
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- Laotong; Snow Flower and the Secret Fan; Queer theory; Ancient Chinese women; Gender inequality
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a popular novel by American author Lisa See. The description of the Laotong relationship - an ancient Chinese relationship that bounded two unrelated girls together to form a for eternity as kindred sisters - has been widely discussed by the public. There exist two prevalent attitudes towards Laotong relationship - friendship and romantic love. Using the literature research method, this paper adopts queer theory to analyze the Laotong relationship through narrative in the book. This paper corresponds to the Queer theory in terms of the social environment in which the laotong relationship is located and its fluidity and argues that the relationship between Laotong is a emotion that arises in a unique cultural soil and does not belong to the binary classification of friendship and romantic love. In addition, the paper reflects on the use of queer theory by tracing the concerns of its inventor, Teresa de Lauretis, about its generalized use and by proposing a potential risk of its assimilation into queerness in non-Western cultures.
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TY - CONF AU - Tong Guan PY - 2023 DA - 2023/09/09 TI - “Friendship or Romantic Love?”: Critically Adopting Queer Theory to Explore Laotong Relationship in Snow Flower Secret Fan BT - Proceedings of the 2023 9th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2023) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 34 EP - 42 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-38476-092-3_6 DO - 10.2991/978-2-38476-092-3_6 ID - Guan2023 ER -