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The narration of history

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The theme of "revolutionary history" held an important position with regard to other subject matter and made up a large proportion of the fiction written during this period. The concept of "revolutionary history subject matter" appeared after 1949. One of the revolutionary history fiction genre included Copper Walls Iron Barriers by Liu Qing (1951). Many contemporary novelists sought to infuse their work with "epic character", and critics held this up as an important gauge in the evaluation of the ideological and artistic stature of some novels. Red Crag's purer pursuit of "revolution" was a realization of the "essence" of this historical time (1940-1950). Among writers of revolutionary historical fiction, Jun Qing and Wang Yuanjian were among those who primarily utilized the short-story form. Li Zicheng may also be termed "revolutionary history fiction", but it certainly does not fit the definition of "established" "revolutionary history".

Keywords: Copper Walls Iron Barriers; Jun Qing; Li Zicheng; Liu Qing; Red Crag; revolutionary historical fiction; Wang Yuanjian



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