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ISSN : 1229-9618(Print)
ISSN : 2671-7506(Online)
Chinese Studies Vol.83 pp.247-267

Written and Unwritten : Rereading the History of Chinese Literature in the 1980s

Lee Seung-Hee
서울시립대학교 중국어문화학과 강사


In the history of Chinese contemporary literature(中國當代文學史), keywords such as ‘Scar Literature(傷痕文學)’, ‘Introspection Literature(反思文學)’ and ‘Root-seeking Literature(尋根文學)’ are used to explain the Chinese literary world in 1980s. And from the perspective of literary authors, ‘returned writer(復出作家)’ and ‘Zhiqing writer(知靑作家)’ are mostly mentioned in the history of Chinese contemporary. And they all have one thing in common: they are directly related to the Cultural Revolution. If we accept only what has been ‘written’ in the history of Chinese contemporary literature, which is simply summarized by a few keywords, we will not have the opportunity to encounter what has ‘not been written’. In this paper, I will focus and examine what was written and what was not written in the early 1980s literature histories of Hong Zicheng(洪子誠) and Chen Shihe(陳思和), which are representative results through 'Rewriting the History of Literature(重寫文學史)’ in Chinese academia. In particular, I analyze Lu Yao and his novel, as a case of a writer who failed to be included in the 1980s literature history, because he did not belong to the above-mentioned categorizations, i.e., ‘Zhiqing writer’, ‘Scar Literature’, ‘Introspection Literature’ and ‘Reform literature’ and so on.