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The art of prose

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During the early 1980s, "historical reflections" literature formed a trend of thought and was primarily confined to fiction, while, for the most part, its writers were "returned" authors and young authors who had been "educated youths". The prose of certain woman writers frequently exhibits "lyrical" characteristics. They are skilled at excavating poetic meaning from the details of everyday life, and, in the sensitive expression of their moods, create a delicate, richly emotive tone. An important phenomenon in prose writing during the 1980s and 1990s was the appearance of a form termed the "prose of scholars" or "cultural prose". Most of these writers were scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and, in essays on topics outside their areas of research, they successfully fused the rational thought of scholars and the expression of individual perceptions.

Keywords: informal essays; lyric prose; prose writing; scholarly prose; woman writers

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