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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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The Art of Wanderlust

The Art of Wanderlust

Hayashi Fumiko's Encounters with China

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(p.97) 5 The Art of Wanderlust
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Beyond Brushtalk
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Christopher T. Keaveney

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099289.003.0006

This chapter addresses the impact of travel experiences in China on the writer, Hayashi Fumiko (1903–1951). It also presents the reception of Hayashi's work by members of the League of Leftist writers, who were in the early thirties searching for literary representations of the new emancipated women. Parallels between Hayashi's most important early work Diary of a Vagabond and Ding Ling's classic early work, Miss Sophie's Diary also provide an interesting dimension for discussion of literary relations. The dramatic turns in the careers of both writers in the 1930s shows the rift that had emerged between the two literary communities and serves as a fitting metaphor for the collapse of relations between Chinese and Japanese writers. Hayashi's interactions with the Shanghai literary community and his movement away from the Chinese literary community are reported.

Keywords:   Hayashi Fumiko, Ding Ling, literary communities, Miss Sophie's Diary, Shanghai literary community, travel

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