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Fiction during the first half of the 1980s

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The literature of the late 1970s and early 1980s was referred to as "scar literature", "introspective literature", and "reform literature", among other terms, in literary circles of the time. These concepts were widely accepted and used. The recounting of the "Cultural Revolution" in literature was somewhat "unsystematic" at the start. For literary circles in which there was a deep-rooted consciousness of "direction, this situation was seen as immature and, moreover, dangerous; whether it was ideological concepts or the art of narration, "norms" were necessary. The major writers of contemporary "historical memory" were a number of authors who had been attacked during the 1950s and had over twenty years of distressing life experience, such as Wang Meng. "Educated youth literature" was already in existence during the "Cultural Revolution", but the term was not advanced until the 1980s, which bespoke its appearance as a literary trend at the time.

Keywords: Cultural Revolution; Educated youth literature; introspective literature; literary circles; Wang Meng



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