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The art of woman writers

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There was a great upsurge in woman writers during the 1980s in terms of both numbers and quality, a phenomenon that drew the attention of observers. Shen Rong is a writer who seeks to express "social depth", and during the early 1980s she set herself the goals of "placing the tragedies and comedies of humanity within a certain historical scope, exploring the historical origins of that which decides the fate of characters, and writing literary works of a more profound, more essential historical aspect". Other woman writers appeared around 1990. In the beginning, they were termed "new realist" writers (Chi Li and Fang Fang), "avant-garde writers" (Chen Ran, Lin Bai, and Xu Kun), "new urban" fiction writers (Zhang Xin), "new love story" writers, and so on. But the comparatively explicit expression of gender attitudes in their work quickly led to them being placed in the category of "women's literature".

Keywords: avant-garde writers; historical tragedies; new realist writers; new urban fiction writers; Shen Rong; woman writers; writing literary works

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