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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 Polarization of the Chinese and Japanese Literary Communities in the 1930s

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Beyond Brushtalk

Christopher T. Keaveney

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter classifies the choices that each of the writers made in the face of the tensions in the late thirties that led to outright war. The paths that writers trod in the late 1930s, ranging from political activism and collaboration to silence and withdrawal into the relative safety of aesthetics and political disengagement, correspond to the exigencies of that turbulent age. For a brief space of time, during a terrible period of enmity between the two nations, Chinese and Japanese writers succeeded in carving out a charmed space in which they could negotiate questions of modernity, the creation of a new literature, and the role of the writer in the new society. The chapter specifically addresses the breakdown in Sino-Japanese relations that may appear more symbolic than substantive. Topics covered include the League of Leftist Writers, the death of Lu Xun and its significance for Sino-Japanese literary relations, and writers' activities during the war.

Keywords:   Sino-Japanese literary relations, literary communities, League of Leftist Writers, Lu Xun, political activism

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