The Map of Sensation and the Remains of Flesh:
The Body Experience Narratives in Chung Wenyin’s novels Departing Love and Merciful Lover
The theme of the relationship between mother and daughter, the gaze of objects and travelling experiences in Chung Wenyin’s works have attracted much attention in recent years. However, the narratives of the body experiences contained in these works are one of their most remarkable traits,
and are not only used to construct the plots, but also as profound metaphors worthy of further discussion. Therefore, this paper focuses on the narratives of body experiences in Departing Love and Merciful Lover to examine how Chung Wenyin depict the characters’ attitudes towards objects and travelling experiences in these two novels. In addition, it will also explore how she has tried to seek the core values of the flesh and existence through the descriptions of body experiences. The results show that Chung Wenyin is a writer who has consciously explored body experiences and highlighted the meanings of the flesh, as illustrated by her exceptional writing.
Keywords: Chung Wenyin, Departing Love, Merciful Lover, body experience