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

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In respect to the late 1980s, the poetry of the "third generation" had an obvious "experimental" flavor, while "root-seeking fiction", "modernist fiction", "avant-garde fiction", and "new realist fiction" appeared in the field of fiction. It can be seen that the appearance of "new realist fiction" was the result of both the summing up of a literary tendency and also a literary phenomenon formed by the "manipulation" of critics and literary journals. Can Xue is usually seen as a writer of "modernist" fiction, and she is discussed in this chapter as "avant-garde" in the interests of simplicity. The 1987 short story Vexing Life by Chi Li has been expounded by critics as a major text of "new realist fiction. In the assessments and narratives of the literary history of the 1980s and 1990s, writers such as Han Shaogong, Shi Tiesheng, Zhang Wei, and Zhang Chengzhi, are frequently attributed with many "affiliations".

Keywords: avant-garde fiction; Han Shaogong; literary journals; new realist fiction; Shi Tiesheng



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