The Significance Of The Northeastern Writers In Exile, 1931–1945

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A Companion To Modern Chinese Literature


Because of social isolation and cultural prejudice, literature of Northeast China had been neglected for centuries. Ironically, the Japanese invasion in 1931 helped remove the regional barriers and draw the nation's attention to the area, and the literature created by war refugees in the mid-1930s had the chance to enter the national literary scene. This chapter aims mainly to investigate the literary and aesthetic significance of the emergence of the three best writers of Northeast China as idiosyncratic individuals, and their major fictional works written during the war. My literary analysis is centered on Duanmu Hongliang's epic novel, Xiao Hong's pastoral-elegiac fiction, and Xiao Jun's novel of the war, all of which represent their unique achievements and contributions. Their native-soil flavor and panoramic description of Northeastern life brought in refreshing perspectives on the lost Manchuria and further cultivated patriotism among the general readers in South China.

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Wiley Blackwell


Y. Zhang

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