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On the Margins of ModernismXu Xu, Wumingshi and Popular Chinese Literature in the 1940s$
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Christopher Rosenmeier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696369

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696369.001.0001

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Tradition and Hybridity in Shi Zhecun and Mu Shiying

Tradition and Hybridity in Shi Zhecun and Mu Shiying

(p.24) Chapter 2 Tradition and Hybridity in Shi Zhecun and Mu Shiying
On the Margins of Modernism

Christopher Rosenmeier

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the 1930s New Sensationist (xinganjuepai) writers Shi Zhecun and Mu Shiying, whose works are shown in later chapters to have influenced the subsequent literary scene. They are seen here as an avant-garde group that wrote works in opposition to the overall direction of the contemporary literary field. Through close analysis of a number of short stories, the chapter demonstrates how these authors constructed hybrid works that incorporated tropes and stereotypes from popular literature, legend, tradition, literature and myth. By combining the real with the otherworldly and the imagined, these authors rejected realism and the politicisation of literature promoted at the time by the League of Left-wing Writers. The chapter also establishes aspects of these writers’ works that are used for later comparison.

Keywords:   Shi Zhecun, Mu Shiying, New Sensationism, New Perceptionism, Xinganjuepai, Modernism, Avant-garde

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