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Republican BeijingThe City and Its Histories$
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Madeleine YueDong and Reginald E. Zelnik

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230507

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230507.001.0001

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Literature: Writing New Beijing

Literature: Writing New Beijing

(p.266) chapter 9 Literature: Writing New Beijing
Republican Beijing

Madeleine Yue Dong

University of California Press

This chapter examines literature in Republican Beijing, focusing on the work of Lao She. It argues that in his fictionalization of Republican Beijing, the novelist may have revealed more historical truth about the city than that which historians have been able to achieve. The chapter also describes the works of the so-called new intellectuals and suggests that while they appear as nostalgic as the old ones, their sentiment was not directed toward the same things or for the same reasons.

Keywords:   literature, Republican Beijing, Lao She, historical truth, new intellectuals

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