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The Making and Remaking of China's "Red Classics"Politics, Aesthetics, and Mass Culture$
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Rosemary Roberts and Li Li

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390892

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390892.001.0001

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How Is Revolution “Popularized”?

How Is Revolution “Popularized”?

Rereading Tracks in the Snowy Forest

(p.59) 4 How Is Revolution “Popularized”?
The Making and Remaking of China's "Red Classics"

Yang Li

, Krista Van Fleit Hang
Hong Kong University Press

Revolutionary popular novels that took revolutionary history as their subject matter appeared in the mid-1950s and became one of the most important genres in modern Chinese literature, garnering a large reading public. Tracks in the Snowy Forest, the most representative of these novels, employed three main elements from traditional fiction, namely “heroes, youths, and gods” to represent the modern concept of Chinese revolution, thereby using old bottles to contain new wine. Careful analysis of these novels demonstrates the complex, intricate relationship between revolution and tradition in modern China.

Keywords:   revolutionary popular novel, “red classic” novel, revolutionary heroes in fiction, Tracks in the Snowy Forest, Qu Bo, tradition in revolutionary novels, youth, gods

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