Time and Place in Modern Chinese Literature
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This paper considers the significance of time and place in four modern Chinese writers, two men and two women. The paper finds that the men have less appreciation for the power of time and place; one was an open hedonist who sought to discard all tradition in favor of being a party boy. The paper shows, however, how the women find time and place to carry tradition which is limiting and oppressive.
From the Paper:"In his novel "Shanghai Express", Chinese novelist Zhang Henshui writes a story which takes place on a train trip from Beijing to Shanghai. Written deliberately to entertain a wide-ranging reading audience, "Shanghai Express" is a prime example of what critics called the "Mandarin Duck and Butterfly" genre of Chinese literature. These novels grew increasingly popular from 1910 to late 1930s. The standard plot paired a clumsy duck (here the banker Hu Ziyun) and a captivating but dangerous butterfly (here the alluring Liu Xichun). In "Shanghai Express", the two characters meet in the first minutes the journey from old Peiping to Shanghai, a trip of over..."
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