Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

In the early 1950s, dispatches, reports, and feature reports made up the bulk of prose writing. There were two main themes at the time: One sang the praises of the "new era", describing developments in the "construction of socialism", and the other described acts of heroism in the Korean War. The prose essays of the Tang and Song dynasties, and especially those of the Ming and Qing, were of great importance in establishing modern prose forms. During the "prose renaissance" in the early-1960s, Yang Shuo, Qin Mu, and Liu Baiyu have made considerable contributions to the art of contemporary prose. Their work constituted three important "patterns" for prose during the 1950s and 1960s. Memoirs and "historical biography" prose essays were especially promoted during the 1950s. Together with revolutionary historical fiction, they became a "figurative" means to establish important struts for the authoritative recounting of the modern history of China.

Keywords: historical biography prose essays; Memoirs prose essay; prose renaissance; prose writing; Song dynasty; Tang dynasty



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    A History of Contemporary Chinese Literature — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation