Tropical Geography


Multidimensional Deconstruction and Value Internalization Mechanism of Red Song Lyrics in the Perspective of Spatio-Temporal Narrative

Wei Zhang1(), Yue Wang3(), Zhaoxiang Qin2, Yongchun Yang3   

  1. 1.College of Government Management, Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot 010022, China
    2.College of Tourism, Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot 010022, China
    3.College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
  • Received:2022-10-08 Revised:2022-12-12 Online:2023-09-21
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"Red songs" record the stories of family and country in a specific time and space and are grand narratives that spread the spirit of the Chinese nation, build collective memory, and trigger emotional resonance. Based on humanistic epistemology, this study constructs a theoretical framework for the interpretation of spatio-temporal narratives of texts. The text of red songs and the network hot comments are selected as the research objects. From the narrative perspective of chronological order and spatial structure, grounded theory, natural language processing method, and the Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) model are adopted to explore the spatial and temporal meaning construction of the grand narrative under the scale of the family and the country. Additionally, the study investigates the internalization of the value mechanism of the emotional arousal and output of the creators of the text and the audience across the space and time is also investigated. The results reveal the following: (1) Red song lyrics can be categorized into four dimensions: time, space, memory, and spirit. The spatio-temporal performance of the red songs can be recognized as the stories of the family and the country that occurred in different spatial scales, such as body, place and region, during the periods of the New Democratic Revolution, socialist construction, reform and opening up, and the new era. This resulted in a condensing of the spatio-temporal course of revolution, resistance, liberation, struggle, and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation over the past hundred years. (2) The spatio-temporal dimension records the main vein of collective spatial practice and becomes the basic element of representation. The memory and spiritual dimensions are the core meaning of the representation, demonstrating that the spatio-temporal factor carries the national memory through the collective practice and metaphorically represents the spirit of resistance and struggle. (3) The red song network hot comments are closely integrated with the four dimensions of the narrative text, presenting the audience's reception of the information transmitted by each dimension of the text and the internalization of values in the spiritual realm. Value internalization is manifested in a series of processes such as the reception, comparison, superposition, reconstruction, and sublimation of multidimensional information by the audience. This realizes the transmission and interaction of emotions across time and space between the text's creator and the reader, leading to construction of thoughts and consciousness aligned with the mainstream societal values. (4) The mechanism of value internalization is a chain reaction of political discourse, cultural genes, and modernity acting together in the media, education, subject, and society. Among these, political discourse is the guide, cultural genes are the driver, and modernity is the catalyst. The study of spatio-temporal interpretation of the red song lyrics is not limited to the objective existence attributes of spatio-temporal, but takes this as the starting point to explore the meaning creation of this on the grand narrative text, as well as the internalization mechanism of textual value under the spatio-temporal transformation, which is conducive to the expansion of new cultural geography's research on the interpretation of spatio-temporal narratives in texts. In addition, the study expands the research logic of spatio-temporal identification to the intrinsic connection between spatio-temporal and human subjects from the three aspects of manifestation, representation, and representation effect. This enriches the theoretical system of spatio-temporal narrative to a certain extent and provides theoretical support for the exploration of the spatio-temporal-based path of textual analysis.

Key words: spatio-temporal narrative, red song, multidimensional deconstruction, value internalization, mechanism

CLC Number: 

  • G07