Greener Pastures: The New Village Ideal and May Fourth Intellectuals

Christopher T. Keaveney

in Beyond Brushtalk

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099289
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206656 | DOI:
Greener Pastures: The New Village Ideal and May Fourth Intellectuals

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This chapter explores the impact of the New Village experiment on May Fourth intellectuals and gauges the level of interest in the Village among writers and revolutionaries, conjecturing on the reasons why enthusiasm for the possibilities of such an experiment quickly cooled in May Fourth China. It starts by discussing the New Village Movement in the context of the social engagement of the White Birch School. It then examines Zhou Zuoren and the appeal of the New Village Movement. Zhou's visit to the New Village in Japan left him convinced that it was his duty to launch a similar Xincun yundong (New Village Movement) in China. Its impact on the fledgling Chinese Communist Party is also covered. Furthermore, the legacy of the New Village Movement in China is presented.

Keywords: New Village Movement; May Fourth intellectuals; Zhou Zuoren; China; Japan; Chinese Communist Party; White Birch School

Chapter.  5447 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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