Becoming Wang Jingxuan

Michael Gibbs Hill

in Lin Shu, Inc.

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892884
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980062 | DOI:

Series: Global Asias

Becoming Wang Jingxuan

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Taking the infamous “Wang Jingxuan” hoax as its focus, this chapter revisits Lin’s conflicts with younger intellectuals, especially those associated with the journals New Youth (Xin qingnian), Weekly Review (Meizhou pinglun), and New Tides (Xin chao). Through detailed readings of well-known but little-examined materials, this chapter demonstrates how younger writers’ crusade against Lin Shu articulated important new ideas about the relationship between intellectuals, their audiences, and the culture market that remain significant today. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how Lin eventually followed his enemies’ stories about his ossified cultural views. Despite his public shaming and defeat, he continued to serve an important role for the Commercial Press, packaging museum-piece collections of “premodern” Chinese literature.

Keywords: New Culture Movement; May Fourth Movement; Peking University; classical Chinese; vernacular Chinese; advertising

Chapter.  16072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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