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Master Of The Web: Chen Cun And The Continuous Avant-Garde

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This chapter focuses on a lesser-known member of the avant-garde, the Shanghai-based author Chen Cun 陳村, and his writing career from 1979 to the present. In looking at some examples of Chen Cun's work and literary activities, the aim is to show the various ways in which he has attempted to uphold the avant-garde spirit beyond its supposed heyday in the 1980s. The chapter defines this spirit as a writer's desire to engage in experiments that challenge, shock or deny literary convention. It suggests that a real avant-garde in the wider sense may only have developed in the PRC in recent years.

Keywords: Avant-Garde; Chen Cun



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