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The Modern Periods

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The disappearance of Manchu rule and the coming of the Republic initially allowed for an interesting reappraisal of Chen Jiru and his work. Critical appraisal of Chen by individuals during the Qing identified him, and his writing, within a particular socio-political history. Modern critical opinion on Chen's writing, by which the author means from the May Fourth period on, habitually categorises his writing as xiaopin, in this they continued the Qing attitude. The literary historian, Jiang Xingyu, wrote a modest but informative work on the tradition of reclusion in China. The author initially makes some brief comments on the dominance that the Clandestine Jottings has assumed in the bibliographic record, before discussing the way the book and Chen are presented in recent editions. Finally, the Clandestine Jottings has been claimed as beneficial in ways that Chen would not have anticipated.

Keywords: Chen Jiru; Clandestine Jottings; Republican China; socio-political history; xiaopin



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