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The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity$
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Charles A. Laughlin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831257

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831257.001.0001

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The White Horse Lake Group

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The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity

Charles A. Laughlin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the White Horse Lake group of writers and examines how they redefined the student’s relationship to the cultural legacy and other educational content by placing special emphasis on writing. The White Horse Lake group, who include Zhu Ziqing, Xia Mianzun, and Feng Zikai, all spent time teaching at Chunhui Middle School near the town of Shangyu in Zhejiang Province, on the shores of White Horse Lake. Aside from their shared ideas about the place of writing in education, each of these writers built or bought a little home on the shores of the lake near the school and near to each other, creating a certain kind of physical environment and a correspondingly unique sense of community. This chapter considers essays or stories included in Xia Mianzun’s prose collection, Pingwu zawen (Random Writings from the Bungalow), which touch upon the White Horse Lake living situation and social life. It also discusses Feng Zikai’s 1937 Yuanyuan tang suibi (Essays from the Fated Hall) as well as the essays of Zhu Ziqing.

Keywords:   essay, White Horse Lake group, education, writing, Chunhui Middle School, Xia Mianzun, prose, Pingwu zawen, Feng Zikai, Zhu Ziqing

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