The Legacy of the Shishôsetsu in Chinese Literature

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


Intriguing parallels exist between the early fiction of the Creation Society and the Japanese shishosetsu. However, despite the brief ascendancy of this and other forms of subjectivity in China of the May Fourth period, such narratives became increasingly less common in China in the 1930s and thereafter. Nevertheless, the motivation toward self-referentiality among Chinese writers was not completely eradicated with the diminishing popularity of this mode of expression in the 1930s. May Fourth literature, including Creation Society fiction, became a touchstone for writers of self-referential fiction in China in the 1980s, searching for native models from which to draw inspiration.


Cultural Revolution Chinese Literature Fourth Period National Literature Chinese Writer 
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