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Themes and forms of fiction

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After 1949, there were many changes in the creative circumstances of authors of "modern" fiction. Mao Dun had plans for writing a novel, perhaps conscious of the difficulty of doing so in the contemporary literary environment, he ultimately abandoned the attempt. During the "contemporary" period, the selection of subject matter for fiction was of special importance. "Subject matter", or theme, was related to the degree to which the "truth" of the essence of social life was "reflected", or mirrored, in literature, and was also related to the establishment of the "direction of literature". In typology of fiction, this period tended toward a concentration on the "two extremes" of the novel and the short story. In a contemporary age in which the stress was placed on the direction of literature, the fundamental tone of works, and style of a unitary nature, it was unavoidable that fictional forms also moved towards unity.

Keywords: contemporary literary environment; fiction; Mao Dun; revolutionary historical subject matter



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