Shanghai in the 1930s Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Shanghai in the 1930s
An examination of the new sensationism literary school of preWWII Shanghai.
# 141521 | 1,250 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in History (Asian) , Literature (General) , Asian Studies (General)

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This paper addresses the new sensationism literary school of preWWII Shanghai that is normally discussed as the result of experimentation with Western literary modernism within a cosmopolitan city. The paper looks at examples and trends and discusses other factors that were the extreme uncertainty of the time and awareness of the Japanese occupation to come. The paper also mentions, however, print media and other forces suggesting that Shanghai was not so modern, and retained diverse influences that may have been neglected by scholars.

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"Much of what we know of Shanghai's unique society in the decades before the Second World War invasion of the Japanese is taken from experimental literary works such as those of Shi Zhecun (1905-2003) and his protege Mu Shiying. Shanghai's semi-colonial status as a treaty-port of several Western enclaves meant a gathering point for bourgeois Chinese, many of them university students in the beginning who tried modernist themes borrowed from the West. What is known as the New Sensation or Sensationism school depicted a strangely bohemian, decadent Shanghai whose participants..."

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