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A survey of 1980s literature

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A break with "Cultural Revolution" modes of practice did not begin to become apparent until 1979. During the mid-1980s and on into the late 1980s, some of the "re-emergent" writers and poets who enjoyed some prestige after the "Cultural Revolution" made new progress in their work, but many had already passed their "peak" as creative writers. Having passed through "scar", "introspective" and "root-seeking" forms of fiction, during the latter half of the 1980s, the "hot spot" of fiction writing moved on to "avant-garde fiction" and "new realist fiction". In the 1980s, while "literary consciousness" was a slogan that excited many, yet even writers who most stressed the "ascendancy of art" still had a relatively strong concern for the nation and a sense of historical responsibility, and in certain concrete circumstances were faced with questions raised by "history".

Keywords: 1980s literature; avant-garde fiction; cultural revolution; new realist fiction

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