The Art of Wanderlust

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:
The Art of Wanderlust

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This chapter addresses the impact of travel experiences in China on the writer, Hayashi Fumiko (1903–1951). It also presents the reception of Hayashi's work by members of the League of Leftist writers, who were in the early thirties searching for literary representations of the new emancipated women. Parallels between Hayashi's most important early work Diary of a Vagabond and Ding Ling's classic early work, Miss Sophie's Diary also provide an interesting dimension for discussion of literary relations. The dramatic turns in the careers of both writers in the 1930s shows the rift that had emerged between the two literary communities and serves as a fitting metaphor for the collapse of relations between Chinese and Japanese writers. Hayashi's interactions with the Shanghai literary community and his movement away from the Chinese literary community are reported.

Keywords: Hayashi Fumiko; Ding Ling; literary communities; Miss Sophie's Diary; Shanghai literary community; travel

Chapter.  9250 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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