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This section presents the list of names, terms and concepts of Chinese Fiction. The focus of this study is coming of age in troubled times as portrayed in contemporary Chinese chengzhang xiaoshuo/ Bildungsroman fiction. Selected works of two major Chinese writers-Su Tong and Yu Hua -are treated as cultural metaphors reflecting on the growth and future of Chinese youth in the abnormal era of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. This study discusses how this fiction's images of youth deviate from the one promoted by Mao Zedong, in which Chinese youths are compared to "the sun at eight or nine in the morning" and the socialist new man.

Keywords:Bildungsroman; chengzhang xiaoshuo; Su Tong; Yu Hua



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