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A History of Modern Chinese Popular Literature

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  • Author: Boqun Fan, Fudan University, Shanghai
Susan Daruvala
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  • Date Published: September 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107068568

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  • With no comparable study in the English language, the first English translation of Fan Boqun's A History of Popular Modern Chinese Literature presents one of the most authoritative and significant studies on modern Chinese literature to a new readership. Starting in the late Qing Dynasty, a period often overlooked by literary scholars, Fan maps the blueprint of modern Chinese popular literature through a broad range of popular literary genres. Thoughtfully illustrated throughout and utilising courtesan novels, martial arts fiction, pictorial journalism and detective novels, Fan's innovative approach to this rich material develops pioneering new arguments which will be of interest to all interested in modern Chinese literature, popular and visual culture in late Qing and Republican China.

    • Makes available the work of a leading Chinese scholar in English for the first time
    • Explores an often overlooked period of Chinese literature
    • Includes over 350 thoughtfully chosen illustrations using a broad range of literary genres
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    • Date Published: September 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107068568
    • length: 830 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 189 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.87kg
    • contains: 350 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Introduction to the English edition Susan Daruvala
    1. Buds of Chinese modern popular fiction
    2. The new trend of popular tabloids in Shanghai between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century
    3. The first wave of Chinese modern literary periodicals: from 1902 to 1907
    4. 1903: outset year of the late-Qing lovels of condemnation
    5. After 1906: popularity of the novels of sentiments and the novels of grievance
    6. The second wave of modern literary periodicals in China: from 1909 to 1917
    7. Relationship between the change of the dynasty and the thriving of historical romances
    8. 1916: introduction of problem stories and solicitation of Shanghai inside stories
    9. Fiction Monthly's reorganization and the third wave of the publication of popular periodicals
    10. A new way towards the humanization of brothel novels in the 1920s
    11. Novelists on martial arts in the early phase of the Republic of China in the 1920s
    12. Social novelists who left marks on urban legends in the 20s
    13. Urban local-colored novels: a characteristic of modern popular literature
    14. Craze for movies and pictorials in the 1920s
    15. Establishment of the Chinese-style detective fiction in the 1920s
    16. Rapid rise of popular literature in Northern China in the 1920s and the 1930s
    17. Martial arts novels in Northern China before and after the defeat of the Japanese invaders
    18. Social fiction writers of various levels from the 1930s to the 1940s in Shanghai
    19. Popularity of the new popular fiction in the 1940s
    20. Explorations needed into the historical experience and lessons
    Appendix. From Chinese to English

  • Author

    Boqun Fan, Fudan University, Shanghai
    Fan Boqun (1931–2017) was a scholar of modern Chinese literature. He taught at Suzhou University and at the Chinese Classical Literature Research Center of Fudan.


    Susan Daruvala

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