Semicolonial Shanghai in the 1930s Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Semicolonial Shanghai in the 1930s
An analysis of the new sensationalism in semicolonial Shanghai in the 1930s.
# 141320 | 1,250 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in History (Asian) , Literature (General) , Asian Studies (General)

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This paper refers to Lee (1999) and the special atmosphere of Shanghai in the 30s. The paper examines the new Sensationist school and especialy Mu Shiying's contributions. The paper discusses how writers were aware of their precarious world as they also saw the psychological imprint of modernity, often describing the material environment in detail along with the emotions of those who did not expect the anxiety and irrational fear of modernity.

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'Mu Shiying (1914-1940) is remembered for his modernist short stories that depict a decadent, often violent Shanghai of the early 1930s. His first publication, "Our World" or `Zanmen de Shijie' was accepted by Shi Zhecun (1905-2003) who continued to promote Mu Shiying's work. Significantly, Shi Zhecun edited the journal, La Nouvelle Literature, with Liu Na'ou, Dai Wangshu and Xu Xiacun. "Our World" saw Mu Shiying claimed by leftists in Shanghai who approved of his use of rough working-man's Chinese, a modernist tactic that was seen as needed. Soon regarded as Shi Zhecum's..."

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