|並列篇名||The Concealment of Gender Relation by Ethnic Relation: West Xia Hotel, Anxiety of Genocide, and Misogyny|
|關鍵字||《西夏旅館》 、 厭女症 、 A片 、 族群關係 、 性別關係 、 West Xia Hotel 、 misogyny 、 pornography 、 ethnic relation 、 gender relation|
Luo Yi-jun’s novel, West Xia Hotel, demonstrates a distinctive style of extravagance and eloquence. In this text, his rich imagination creates many stories that can be treated either as individual stories on their own or as interconnected narratives referring to each other. Similar themes are repeated in his works, including diaspora, genocide, abandonment, harm, death, rape, incest, and pornography. Previous studies of Luo Yi-jun focus on his identity as a second generation mainlander who is highly anxious about his ethnic and national identity. More recent researchers tend to go beyond the study of contents and themes, and instead emphasize the importance of Luo’s artistic form and style. This paper argues that Luo Yi-jun not only feels anxious about his ethnic identity but also reveals male-centered ideology in his writings. He deploys the so-called “extravagant obscenity” to represent female objects as the projection of male fantasy. By doing so he is able to deal with anxious male subjectivity. Male Mainlanders who regard themselves as being discriminated can therefore reinforce their subject position and speaking position by demeaning women through the fantasy of rape and pornography. With the perspective of misogyny, this paper analyzes how this novel uses the representation of rape and pornography to demean the status of women, while the author/the protagonist is also paradoxically eager for the recognition and acceptance by women. Gender relation can be taken as political relation of power and domination. Luo Yi-jun beguiles readers by treating rape, incest, and obscenity forbidden in reality as pure fiction and art. This paper will conclude with remarks about how ethnic identity and the art of writing can be deployed to conceal male-centric gender relation.