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The plight of other forms of fiction

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In the late 1940s, during the struggle to establish the direction of literature, "popular fiction" was critically attacked by those writers who endorsed the "revolutionary mass literature tradition". Around 1949, some writers from the "liberated areas" wrote novels about life during the revolution and wars, such as Romance of Heroes of the Lü and Liang States by Ma Feng and Xirong. These works were seen as "possessing traces of old fiction", but also to have " 'sublated' China's old fiction". During the 1930s and 1940s, the expression of the urban experience in China was a burden primarily shouldered by Shanghai writers. The most representative of this type of work came from Liu Na'ou, Mu Shiying, and Shi Zhecun of the "New Sensation School" of fiction during the 1930s, and fiction centered on everyday urban life in Shanghai by Zhang Ailing, Su Qing, and others during the 1940s.

Keywords: fiction of industrial themes; Liu Na'ou; Mu Shiying; revolutionary mass literature tradition; Shanghai writers; Shi Zhecun; Su Qing; sublated China's old fiction; urban fiction; Zhang Ailing



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