After two years' study for British and America Literature, and another half year's writing,this thesis was finally accomplished. Without of the help of many people,it could never becompleted, thus here I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards them.
First and foremost, I owe my heartfelt thanks to my distinguished and cordial supervisor,Professor Wang Zhiqin, who influenced me with his insightful ideas and meaningfulinspirations, guided me with practical academic advice and feasible instructions,andenlightened me while I was confused during the writing procedure. His thought-provokingcomments and patiently encouragements are indispensable for my accomplishment of thisthesis. My selection of Foucault's power theory as the theoretical framework is deeplymotivated by his profound knowledge. Without his dedicated assistance and insightfulsupervision, this thesis would have gone nowhere.
Then,my faithful appreciation also goes to the prestigious and distinguished teachers ofForeign Language School in East China University of Science and Technology, Professor YanJinglan, Professor Shao Zhihong, and Professor Wang Jianguo, whose splendid anddiversified lectures have empowered me with solid language capability and upright academicattitude.
Ultimately, thanks go to my parents who are my mentor and guardian from the verybeginning in primary school. Without their refined education and care,I could never grow upin such a joyous and cozy environment nor have the courage to confront any obstacles on myway to success.
Upon completion of this thesis, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my sinceregratitude to those who have helped me during this period. Firstly, I want to thank thedepartment of Foreign Language for giving me instruction and the permission to usedepartmental data.
Secondly, I owe my deepest gratitude to my supervisor Professor Shao Zhihong of theForeign Language Department. This thesis would not have been completed without ProfessorShao,s insightful instructions and guidance. He has given his support to me in many ways.
When he checks our theses, every detail is paid attention to. His strictness and discipline arewitnessed by his students every year.
Finally, special thanks go to my friends for their encouragement and kind support.
Thesis writing has been less painful with you by my side.
This thesis would not have materialized but for the numerous support and encouragementI have received from many parties. I would like to take this opportunity to express myheartfelt gratitude to all who have helped me.
My deepest gratitude goes to my supervisor Professor Yan Jinglan, who has broadenedmy horizons of literary theories, acquainted me with academic norms, and guided me with herpatient instructions during my two and half years at ECUST. Her critical way of thinking,dedicated devotion, inspiring insight and intellectual rigor have impressed me a lot and willexert a profound influence on my future work. What's more,her passionate and positiveattitude toward life sets a good example for me.
I also own an important debt of thanks to other teachers in our school,including Prof.
Shao Zhihong, Prof. Wang Jianguo, Prof. Yu Yuguo,Prof. Chen Li, and Prof. Wang Zhiqin fortheir instructive advice and suggestions on both the structure and the textual details of mythesis.
Many thanks go to my beloved roommates, fellow students and friends. They have liftedme up when I was frustrated and bewildered, and accompanied me with their encouragementand friendship.
Finally, I owe this thesis to my parents, who have brought me up for the past twenty-fouryears and tolerated my flaws and shortcomings with their selfless love.
The acconqulishment of this thesis is owing to the unreserved instruction and persistentendeavour from a lot of people,to whom I would express my sincere gratitude, for this thesiscan't come into being without their joint effort.
First and foremost, my sincerest thanks go to my distinguished supervisor,ProfessorShao Zhihong, who is always granting me constant instruction, and showing me anenlightment when I'm in confusion. From the thesis proposal, structure to the content, he hasgiven precious inspiration. I am deeply encouraged by his profound knowledge, insightfulteaching and conscientious modification.
Secondly, my sincere appreciation also goes to all course instructors whose excellentprofession and good virtue have presented me with wisdom and intuition. Thanks for theirgenerous sharing which has prepared me for the thesis.
Finally, I'd like to extend my thanks to my parents and my friends who often give mecare and encouragement in the process of my study. Under their love,I can go with strongmotivation and power and that now I can be here,completing my postgraduate studysmoothly.
First and foremost, I would like to send my sincere gratitude to my supervisorProfessor Li Changbao. Without his devoted guidance during the whole course fromthe selection of the topic to the final manuscript and the efforts he has made to revisethe manuscript, this thesis would not be what it is now. Meanwhile, during the pasttwo and half years, he also provided me with valuable suggestions about study andlife which may benefit me in my whole life.
High tribute shall also be paid to all the teachers who have taught me during mygraduate study. Profound and intelligent, they endowed me with new insights towardsmy study. Among those teachers, I am really grateful to Mr. Teng Chao and Ms. ChenXianghong who are so gentle and considerate to share with me the importantmaterials I need when writing the thesis.
Finally, I am indebted to my parents and friends who have always supported meand encouraged me during the course of the thesis writing.