Each year through the student societies, students from Cultural Studies (CULS), Bilingual Language and Literature Studies (BLLS), and Professional Communication and English Studies (PENG) form a team to vet and edit student essays and creative work submitted to This and That. The Journal celebrates the College of International Education’s writing talent. It is headed and produced by English lecturers at CIE.
It is our honour to have one of our published writers, Diane Chen Yipeng from CULS, to share with us the creative process behind her short story, The Cicada.
The writer speaks
The original inspiration of this short story comes from one of my significant dreams, at my home by the sea. It may reflect my potential fear living in that isolated and silent residence for a long period. Of course, the memory of the dream was scattered since the moment I woke up. Turning into a cicada may be subconsciously linked with Kafka’s Metamorphosis when I was conceiving the fragmentary story. To some extent, the story is filled with elements of a weird and absurd atmosphere, even a bit terrifying because it takes place in an ordinary, everyday environment, stimulating more emotional resonance for the reader. It also reveals the loss of self and personality in the modern era.