By Li-hua Ying
Old Dictionary of contemporary chinese language Literature provides a wide standpoint at the improvement and historical past of literature in smooth China. This publication deals a chronology, creation, bibliography, and over three hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors, literary and historic advancements, developments, genres, and ideas that performed a principal position within the evolution of recent chinese language literature.
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It is no surprise that when the root-seekers began their search for cultural heritage in the 1980s, they opted to overlook this most important tradition. Chen set out to rectify the situation. In Bai lu yuan, a novel about the sweeping changes taking place in northwestern China’s countryside during the 20th century, Chen attributes the disintegration of social order to the abandonment of Confucian values. In his effort to reevaluate the role Confucianism plays in Chinese society, Chen presents the ancient teaching as a positive force in building and maintaining social stability and in serving as an indispensable moral compass.
Free of the hotblooded, idealistic young rebels who populate his earlier novels, these stories focus on the decline of the old family and the tragic consequences when hope is dashed by the reality of war, poverty, and prejudice. ” He suffered a great deal of physical and psychological abuse during the Cultural Revolution. His best-known work in the post-Mao era is the four-volume Suixiang lu (Random Thoughts), a collection of essays and memoirs expressing regrets about the “false and empty words” he had written in exchange for political protection during the Cultural Revolution.
In 1929, while stranded in Rangoon, he joined the Burmese branch of the Malaysian Communist Party. The most memorable characters in Nan xing ji are vagrants who live on the fringes of society. Life in the picaresque world of border towns and villages that had attracted Ai Wu proved to be appealing to his readers as well. With the publication of Nan xing ji, Ai Wu was established as a serious writer of literature. Fengrao de yuanye (Fertile Plains), Guxiang (My Native Land), and Shanye (Mountain Wilderness), three novels set against the backdrop of the Sino-Japanese War, explore the social fabric of the war-torn Chinese countryside and the role morality and tradition play during the national crisis.
Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts) by Li-hua Ying