Author: Zhu Kang
Publisher: Shanghai People's Publishing House
Publication date: December 2020
This book focuses on the variation of realism as a theoretical concept and literary proposition in contemporary China. Through representative literary works and cultural phenomena from early New China to the present, the author outlines the trajectory of realism in contemporary Chinese literature and cultural narratives. From the analysis of literary criticism, cultural criticism, and modernity, he attempts to explore the productive relationship between realism and the context of the times, and divided the evolution of realism into four stages, namely, socialist rural narrative, socialist urban narrative, transformation of the times, and reality of the new media age. While historically depicting the call for realism in different eras and the shaping of literature and culture for the times, it demonstrates the representation and construction of state, society, reality, truth, and media discourses of contemporary Chinese literary and cultural narratives in different stages.