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Literary Societies
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Literary societies constitute a fundamental element of modern Chinese literary practice, especially of the Republican era. Most modern Chinese literary organizations can be classified as literary societies (wenxue shetuan). Societies are often treated together with "schools" (liupai), such as "the Realist school" or "the Modernist school", reflecting scholars' and critics' perception of similarities between individuals' literary works or beliefs. As this kind of treatment is con…

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Hockx, Michel, “Literary Societies”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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