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Literary Criticism
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Because of the very close ties between literature and politics in pre-modern as well as modern China, literary criticism has a higher intrinsic value than is the case in Western cultures. It is not an esthetic 'glass bead game', nor is it hidden in the feature pages supplement, but it has distinctive social references and to this day often stands at the center of political debate. The history of the PRC, which has clearly not been short of movements and mass campaigns, has shown t…

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Klöpsch, Volker, “Literary Criticism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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