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Fiction of New China (1949-1966)
chapterposted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Xiangshu FangXiangshu Fang, Lijun Bi
This study seeks to redefine the development of Chinese fiction created under the influence of socialist realism from the Soviet Union (1949-1966). Through an in-depth analysis, this study argues that the historical development of Chinese fiction in this period is essentially a part of a continuous development dedicated to modernizing the Chinese consciousness and the Chinese literary tradition in the larger context of worldwide globalization and aesthetic internationalization of national literatures. The treatment of China’s peasantry in the spirit of socialism adds a new dimension to the international trend of socialist realism. The abundance of heroic characters in the fiction analysed in this chapter demonstrates how the maturing Chinese socialist realist literature enriches the repertoire and the trend of socialist realism in the creation of collective proletarian heroism.