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Xiaolu Guo’s A Lover’s Discourse: Analysis of the Influence of Roland Barthes

Elisabetta Giuliano    Indipendent researcher    

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abstract

This paper aims to analyse A Lover’s Discourse (2020), a novel by Chinese writer Xiaolu Guo, comparing it to A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (1978) by Roland Barthe and examining to what degree the French linguist and semiotician has influenced the author’s work. The discourse between lovers developed by Guo resembles that of Barthes on a structural, linguistic, and thematic level, but is set in an intercultural and multilingual context. By reframing the discourse as such, Xiaolu Guo contemplates themes of love, wordlessness, and home, connected to the migrant’s experience.

Published
Aug. 29, 2023
Accepted
June 21, 2023
Submitted
Jan. 31, 2023
Language
EN

Keywords: Chinese literatureIntercultural communicationFragments d’un discours amoureuxRoland BarthesXiaolu GuoA Lover’s Discourse

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