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Volume 148, 2022The 2nd International Conference on Public Relations and Social Sciences (ICPRSS 2022)
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Research and Discussion of Public Administration and Humanities|
|Published online||31 October 2022|
Reexamination of Orientalism by the Protagonist’s Psychological Interiority in Concert with Setting Description in The Painted Veil
College of Liberal Arts, English (Global Setting), Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, 325060, China
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In The Painted Veil, the setting descriptions serve as an apparatus to reveal the protagonist Kitty’s mental or emotional status for that her psychological interiority is projected onto these external objects, which T.S. Eliot named Objective Correlative. Through this angle, this paper reexamines certain Orientalism related topics and previous critiques. This paper analyzes how Kitty’s psychological world and setting descriptions coordinate to indicate Kitty’s transformation. The transitional process of Kitty’s attitudes towards China and Chinese and the development of Kitty’s perception of life are explored. Intriguingly, this paper tempts to prove that some critiques against Maugham and the novel may be prejudice-oriented or evidence insufficient.
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