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National Minorities Literature
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Minzu wenxue (nationalities literature) is the short form for shaoshu minzu wenxue (national minorities literature), a term for which China claims exclusivity. Although a vivid discussion has taken place, especially during the 1980s, no agreement has been reached regarding a definition of the term beyond the ethnic belonging of the creators of this literature. In fact, this ethnic belonging is already problematic in itself: was the poet Sa Dula (1271-1368, Yanmen ji) a Mongol or a Hui, was Pu Songling (1640-1715, Liaozhai zhiyi) a Han or a Mongol, was the Chinese banner-man C…

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Nentwig, Ingo, “National Minorities Literature”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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