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.
The publication of Modern Chinese Literature in the May Fourth Era is a signal event, for it brings together the research, analytical and critical talents of seventeen scholars in an effort to expand our knowledge of the evolution, nature and role of literature from the May Fourth period.
Merle Goldman is Professor of History, Emerita, at Boston University and Associate of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.