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Literature: Writing New Beijing

Madeleine Yue Dong

in Republican Beijing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230507.003.0010
Literature: Writing New Beijing

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This chapter examines literature in Republican Beijing, focusing on the work of Lao She. It argues that in his fictionalization of Republican Beijing, the novelist may have revealed more historical truth about the city than that which historians have been able to achieve. The chapter also describes the works of the so-called new intellectuals and suggests that while they appear as nostalgic as the old ones, their sentiment was not directed toward the same things or for the same reasons.

Keywords: literature; Republican Beijing; Lao She; historical truth; new intellectuals

Chapter.  13490 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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