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The Literature of Leisure and Chinese Modernity

Charles A. Laughlin


The Chinese essay is arguably China’s most distinctive contribution to modern world literature, and the period of its greatest influence and popularity—the mid-1930s—is the central concern of this book. What the book terms “literature of leisure” is a modern literary response to the cultural past that manifests itself most conspicuously in the form of short, informal essay writing (xiaopin wen). The book examines the essay both as a widely practiced and influential genre of literary expression and as an important counter-discourse to the revolutionary tradition of New Literature (especially re ... More

Keywords: modern essay, Chinese essay, modern world literature, literary expression, leisure literature, Chinese culture, modern China, New Literature, prose writing, essay writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831257
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles A. Laughlin, author
Tsinghua University