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Reportage Literature
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Reportage literature (baogao wenxue) developed in China from the 1920s in the course of the development of a modern print media (press) and modern Chinese literature. The influence of Western reportage literature was decisive for this new genre of non-fictional prose (sanwen, essay), which was initially considered a journalistic genre. The travel reports of Qu Qiubai (1899-1935) are considered early examples exhibiting characteristics of literary design exceeding a purely journalistic report. The literary reportage experienced its first…

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Müller, Eva, “Reportage Literature”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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