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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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Opposition, Imitation, Adaptation and Diffusion in Popular Chinese Literature

Opposition, Imitation, Adaptation and Diffusion in Popular Chinese Literature

(p.113) Chapter 6 Opposition, Imitation, Adaptation and Diffusion in Popular Chinese Literature
On the Margins of Modernism

Christopher Rosenmeier

Edinburgh University Press

The popular literature of the 1940s often crossed boundaries between the popular and the elite as well as between modernism and romanticism. New positions became possible in the literary field, and writers like Xu Xu and Wumingshi exemplify these trends. They appropriated styles and tropes from earlier modernist writings in Chinese literature, thereby creating hybrid works that were among the most popular of the age. This chapter compares the writers covered in this study in terms of their depiction of modernity, narrative style, representation of the supernatural, and position in the literary field. Overall, the differences are found to outweigh the similarities, but the comparison highlights how various themes were adopted and adapted into popular literature of the 1940s from the New Sensationist writers of the preceding decade, showing their lasting impact.

Keywords:   Modernism, Modernity, Avant-garde, Chinese fiction, Popular literature, Comparative literature

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