Upon the completion of this thesis,I am grateful to those who have offered meencouragement and support during the course of my study. First,specialacknowledgment is given to my respectable supervisor whose patient instruction andconstructive suggestions are beneficial to me a lot. Second, particular thanks go to allthe teachers and professors who have taught me for their instruction and generoussupport during these years. What is more, I would like to present my thanks to one ofmy special friend from whom I get tremendous love and encouragement as well astechnical instruction. Finally, I would like to express the most heartfelt gratitude to myfamily members who have provided me great help and support. Though the mostunfortunate thing happened to me, while I survived and became sfronger. Their love isalways the source of my strength during the period of thesis writing. And I love you,dad.
During the preparation of the master's thesis, I have received a lot of invaluablehelps from many people. Their comments and advices contribute to theaccomplishment of the thesis.
First of all, the profound gratitude should go to my supervisor Professor CaoDaogen. He has given me great instructions and encouragements throughout theprocess of selecting the research topic, writing the thesis, improving the outline andthe argumentation, and correcting the grammatical errors. His insightful comments onevery draft, which provide me with many enlightening ideas, have inspired me to agreat extent. The thesis could not be finished without his patient guidance.
Secondly, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the teachers who havehelped and taught me in this university. I am particularly grateful to Professor ShaoBin and Professor Zhang Ling. Their linguistics courses have broadened my horizonand aroused my interest in linguistics.
I also want to thank all the authors whose books and articles have inspired me inthe entire process of finishing the thesis.
Finally, I am indebted to my parents for supporting me to do whatever I want to. Ialso need to express my gratitude to all my friends, my classmates and my roommatesin particular.
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.