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Fiction of the second half of the 1980s (A)

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During the 1980s, fiction on "agricultural topics", "industrial topics", and other such concepts were gradually discarded, and this was a manifestation of important changes in the ideas about and the writing of fiction. This change did not occur after "root-seeking" in literature was proposed, but began when the tide of "introspective" fiction receded in the early 1980s. These concepts that had been utilized for thirty years and embodied the prevailing literary practices of an age, were replaced by fiction variously termed "marketplace fiction", "urban fiction", "native soil fiction", and "hometown feeling fiction". Amid the rise and fall of literary groups and schools during the 1980s, Wang Zengqi was one of the few writers who was "outside trends". Although some critics have termed him a "root-seeking" writer, this is only because the spirit of his work can be seen to concur with some of the theories of "root-seeking".

Keywords: hometown feeling fiction; marketplace fiction; native soil fiction; root-seeking literature; urban fiction; Wang Zengqi

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