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The Trials Of Chinese Literary Realism

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This chapter discusses the different concepts of Chinese Literary Realism. Real and the negativity it precipitates plays a central role in what would later become socialist realist aesthetics. This book argues that the project of Chinese realism became driven by an ever deeper engagement with the problem of the relationship between aesthetics and the Real-an engagement that was not nearly so naive nor violative of semiotic truth as is sometimes presumed. This chapter provides an overview of a few specific chapters of the book. It shows not only the exact extent to which realism and then socialist realism would take up explicitly Utopian aspirations, but also and much more importantly the precise ways this is the case. This book is premised upon the conviction that the showdown between the poststructuralist sign and New Period official realism is both necessary and inevitable.

Keywords: aesthetics; Chinese literary realism; official realism; Real



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