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Children's Literature
(1,385 words)

Children's literature in China has a long history. The dual foundation of modern children's literature is born of the traditional emphasis on education and the modern struggle for nationhood. Traditional children's books belong to the Confucian heritage. They are primarily educational. Modern children's literature, based on Western models, was created by China's great reformers early in the 20th century in order to displace Confucian books and modernize China through the minds of its children. C…

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Farquhar, Mary, “Children's Literature”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 08 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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