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A divided literary world

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In the public world of literature, the most important position was occupied by theater, with "revolutionary model opera" at its core. By comparison, the other forms of literature, such as poetry, fiction, and prose, appeared muted. Mu Dan had a burst of poetic inspiration as he wrote nearly thirty poems during 1975-1976. Poetry written by youths during the "Cultural Revolution" that achieved a certain mass and had the characteristics of a group was that of the "Baiyang Marshes poetry grouping". Aside from poetry, "hand-copied fiction" also circulated among readers in the secret world of literature during the "Cultural Revolution". Zhang Yang's novel The Second Handshake was one piece that had many readers. The writing, special modes of distribution and circulation, and the collection of Tian'anmen poetry, as well as its publication in Tian'anmen Poetry Transcriptions were all important constituent parts of this major political incident.

Keywords: Baiyang Marshes poetry grouping; hand-copied fiction; Mu Dan; revolutionary model opera; The Second Handshake; Tian'anmen Poetry Transcriptions; Zhang Yang's novel



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