The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity

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The Chinese essay is arguably China's most distinctive contribution to modern world literature, and the period of its greatest influence and popularity--the mid-1930s--is the central concern of this book. What Charles Laughlin terms the literature of leisure is a modern literary response to the cultural past that manifests itself most conspicuously in the form of short, informal essay writing (xiaopin wen). Laughlin examines the essay both as a widely practiced and influential genre of literary expression and as an ...

The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity 2008, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

ISBN-13: 9780824831257

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