Conclusion: Pure and Chaste Writing

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

Conclusion: Pure and Chaste Writing

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This chapter closes the study with a brief survey of Lin Shu’s reputation in the years following his death, from the slightly moderated criticism of New Culture and May Fourth scholars to his students’ revisionist canonization of his “pure and chaste writing” (zhenwen) and concludes with a discussion of the significance of his career in the formation of intellectual work in modern China.

Keywords: translation; May Fourth Movement; Chinese intellectuals

Chapter.  3562 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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