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Fallen Youth: A Solitary Outcast

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This chapter examines Su Tong's coming-of-age narratives in great detail in order to illustrate how he presents the psychological and spiritual course of youth during the chaotic era of the Cultural Revolution - particularly the autonomy and subjectivity that the dissatisfied and rebellious youth often assert, along with the failure of youth to achieve maturity while coming of age in an anti-individualistic society that lacks good role models. It starts with Su Tong's first coming-of-age short story "Memories of Mulberry Garden," which the author regards as his first truly literary work of fiction. After completing "Memories of Mulberry Garden," Su Tong wrote a series of other short stories based on his experiences of childhood and adolescence. These stories were compiled in the collection of Young Blood. The chapter discusses three of Su Tong's coming-of-age short stories from this collection.

Keywords: Cultural Revolution; Su Tong; youth



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