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Chinese Literature for the 1980s
The Fourth Congress of Writers and Artists





ISBN 9781138187627
Published June 7, 2017 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

Editor Howard Goldblatt explains that while most societies analyse and revere their literary trends in retrospect, post-Liberation China’s literary trends tend to be announced beforehand allowing for critics to judge how close or far from the prescribed norms a piece of art is. In this volume, a collection of speeches and reports from the Fourth Congress of Writers and Artists, well-known Chinese writers (novels, poets, and dramatists alike) debate the future direction of Chinese literature for the 1980s. Originally published in 1982, the book lends a contemporary view into the state of art and literature in China during a critical era of transformation. This title is suitable for students of Literature and East Asian Studies.

Table of Contents

Preface;  Introduction;  1. Mao Dun: Opening Address to the Fourth Congress of Chinese Writers and Artists  2. Deng Xiaoping: Congratulatory Message to the Fourth Congress of Chinese Writers and Artists  3. Zhou Yang: Inherit the Past and Usher In the Future  4. Mao Dun: Emancipate Thought and Encourage Literary and Artistic Democracy  5. Liu Baiyu: Opening Address to the third Congress of Chinese Writers Association  6. Bai Hu: No Breakthrough, No Literature  7. Wang Meng: Our Responsibility  8. Ke Yan: A Few Words in Defense of New Poetry and the Literary and Art Contingent  9. Chen Dengke: Some Suggestions Concerning Literary Work  10. Liu Binyan: The Call of the Times  11. Lin Binyan: Man Is the Aim, Man is the Center  12. Xiao Jun: A Personal Statement  13. Liu Xinwu: Telling Mother What's on My Mind  14. Xia Yan: My Hopes  15. Ba Jin: Closing Address to the Third Congress of the Chinese Writers Association  16. Xia Yan: Closing Address to the Fourth Congress of Chinese Writers and Artists

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