Fiction of new China (1949–1966)

Xiangshu Fang, Lijun Bi

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With a dual emphasis on coverage and depth, this study seeks to redefine the development of modern Chinese fiction created between 1949 and 1966 under the influence of socialist realism from the Soviet Union. This study argues that the historical development of Chinese fiction in this period is essentially a part of a continuous development dedicated to modernizing the Chinese consciousness and the Chinese literary tradition in the larger context of worldwide globalization and aesthetic internationalization of national literatures. The treatment of China’s peasantry in the spirit of socialism adds a new dimension to the international trend of socialist realism. The abundance of heroic characters in the fiction analysed in this chapter demonstrates how the maturing Chinese socialist realist literature enriches the repertoire and the trend of socialist realism in the creation of collective proletarian heroism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature
EditorsMing Dong Gu
Place of PublicationAbingdon OX UK
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315626994
ISBN (Print)9781138647541
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • modern Chinese literature
  • Socialist Realism
  • new reading
  • in-depth analysis
  • collective heroism

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