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Modern Chinese Literature in the May Fourth Era

Modern Chinese Literature in the May Fourth Era

Edited by Merle Goldman

ISBN 9780674579118

Publication date: 01/01/1985

One of the most creative and brilliant episodes in modern Chinese history, the cultural and literary flowering that takes the name of the May Fourth Movement, is the subject of this comprehensive and insightful book. This is the first study of modern Chinese literature that shows how China’s Confucian traditions were combined with Western influences to create a literature of new values and consciousness for the Chinese people.


  • Goldman's book is a major contribution to our knowledge of modern Chinese literature, particularly Chinese fiction.

    —Pacific Affairs


  • Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

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