Bundan versus Wentan: The Dynamics of the Literary Coterie and Its Audience(s)

  • Christopher T. Keaveney
Part of the Comparative Perspectives on Modern Asia book series (CPMA)


The 1920s represented a period of unparalleled interaction between the Japanese and Chinese literary communities. This interaction was the consequence of a variety of factors including a familiarity on the part of young Chinese writers with the values and concerns of the Taishô literary world obtained while they were exchange students in Japan. On the Japanese side, the desire on the part of certain Japanese writers to meet with their Chinese literary counterparts was reinforced by the reverence accorded traditional Chinese literati culture among Japanese intellectuals and was given further impetus by increased travel opportunities to China in the early modern period.


Literary Production Literary Community Fourth Period Early Modern Period Chinese Writer 
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