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Lin Yutang speech and speech creation research

Author: PanGuoHua
Tutor: WeiJian
School: Shandong Normal University
Course: Contemporary Chinese Literature
Keywords: Lin Yutang Speeches Style of Speeches Creation
CLC: I206.6
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2012
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Lin Yutang was a famous contemporary writer of China, He was famous forhis works of " My Country and My People" ," The Art of Living" in 1930s, and hisliterary creation relates to novel, prose, translation and literature reviews and otherfields.But since 1936, after his family settled in the United States, Lin Yutanggradually was forgotten by domestic people. Because of the contradiction betweenhim and the Left Wing writers, especially Lu Xun, and his views on literature, LinYutang was characterized as reactionary literati in 1950s and 1960s. People didn’tresearch his works until in the early of 1980s. The author found that seldomscholars study on Lin Yutang’s speeches in different period, even though somearticles are related to Lin Yutang’s speech, they simply record the interesting thingsin the process of his speech. In many comments, people only pay attention to hisnovels and essays. In fact, Lin Yutang was not only a famous writer, but also afamous speaker. In the past, although some scholars studied the these articles, theyonly made literal interpretation, and did not regard them as speech. After all thespeeches are different from the general articles in writing method, so the writerfocus on his speech script hoping to be able to provide some reference for fullyunderstanding and knowing Lin Yutang.This paper falls into three parts.The first part mainly summarizes Lin Yutang’s speech activities in timesequence. According to the different places which Lin Yutang lived in, his speechactivities can be divided into three periods: the period of writing home, the periodof settling overseas and the period of settling in Taiwan. The paper introduces andcomments on the three periods respectively.The second part mainly analyzes and summarizes the ideological content ofYutang’s speech. The span of Lin Yutang’s speech is up to 45 years, and there aremany wonderful speech left, which is related to society, literature, art and otherfields, and which researches the Chinese social situation, development of literature,the culture differences between China and western country, and the education to youth.The author attempts analyze and sum up ideological content of Lin Yutang’sspeech from three aspects in order to find out Lin Yutang’s ideologicalcharacteristics and their development path. The first aspect is on social problem;the second is on cultural issue, and the third is on academic isue. The author trys toanalyz and sum up the ideological content of Lin Yutang’s speech from five aspectsin order to find Lin Yutang ideological characteristics and development path.Thefirst aspect is on the education of youth issues, the second one is on Chinesenational problems, the third one is" either the east wind prevails over the west wind,or the west wind prevails over the East" -- on the culture differences betweenChinese and Western, the fourth one is on literary orientation and responsibility,the last one is an academic research on whether Gao E countuned the work of "ADream of Red Mansions".The third part analyzes and summarizes the art features of Lin Yutang’sspeech. The article analyzes the art features of Lin Yutang speech from threeaspects according to his works.The first feature is his casual chatting style whichfirstly lies in his kind and natural speech attitude, secondly in his narrativelanguage and thirdly in his free and loose speech structures. The second feature isto use a variety of techniques to visualize the reasoning. Firstly, he is good at usingmetaphor and other rhetoric to reason; secondly, he is good at using the descriptivelanguage to reason; and then he is good at listing things, which seems not related toeach other, together to reason.The third feature is his serious and humorouslanguage style.Lin Yutang uses both popular vernacular and slang, and elegantclassical Chinese vocabulary in his speech which are both solemn and witty andmake people experience the charm of the language at ease.

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