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The re-construction of classics

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During "classic-less" literary period, "models", a term, in the Chinese, richly connotative of the "popular style", was used to replace the terms such as "classics" or "paradigms"; this term seemed to embody the meaning of being more obviously available for copying and reproduction. Although the experiment in creating "models" carried out by the radical faction in literature and arts during the "Cultural Revolution" was declared to have "won a great victory", it actually steadily sank into a predicament it could not shake off. Their critical attacks on both the Chinese and foreign cultural heritage and on the main transmitters of cultural heritage, resulted in serious blows to their plans to create models of classics for literature and art: No artistic creation worthy of attention can occur in an empty space.

Keywords: Chinese and foreign cultural heritage; Chinese cultural heritage; classic-less literary period; models

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