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Beyond BrushtalkSino-Japanese Literary Exchange in the Interwar Period$
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Christopher T. Keaveney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099289

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099289.001.0001

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Greener Pastures: The New Village Ideal and May Fourth Intellectuals

Greener Pastures: The New Village Ideal and May Fourth Intellectuals

(p.85) 4 Greener Pastures: The New Village Ideal and May Fourth Intellectuals
Beyond Brushtalk

Christopher T. Keaveney

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores the impact of the New Village experiment on May Fourth intellectuals and gauges the level of interest in the Village among writers and revolutionaries, conjecturing on the reasons why enthusiasm for the possibilities of such an experiment quickly cooled in May Fourth China. It starts by discussing the New Village Movement in the context of the social engagement of the White Birch School. It then examines Zhou Zuoren and the appeal of the New Village Movement. Zhou's visit to the New Village in Japan left him convinced that it was his duty to launch a similar Xincun yundong (New Village Movement) in China. Its impact on the fledgling Chinese Communist Party is also covered. Furthermore, the legacy of the New Village Movement in China is presented.

Keywords:   New Village Movement, May Fourth intellectuals, Zhou Zuoren, China, Japan, Chinese Communist Party, White Birch School

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