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In-depth Influence of Language Reforms on the Development of Modern Literary Forms in China


Authors: Xiaojin Zhu, Wei Li
From: School of Chinese Language and Literature
Form of Outcome: Papers
Introduction to Outcome: Published in Social Sciences in China, 1st Issue, 2015, it is a Phase-1 outcome of a key project (12AZW007) National Social Sciences Funds. Literature is an art of language, therefore it is necessary to present a developmental history of Modern Chinese Literature, which is an art of language, from the perspective of language reform producing in-depth influence on the forms of modern Chinese literature. Modern Chinese literature started from the language reforms during the May 4th Movement in 1919, which advocated vernacular use and opposed ancient Chinese style. This linguistic revolution and following changes in literary language in different periods influenced the general trend of modern Chinese literature inclusive of its forms. Therefore such revolution and reforms have become an innate propelling force for development, evolution and have formed the main features of modern Chinese literature. In-depth probes into the interaction between language revolution and the formal development of modern Chinese literature and its laws can reveal the linguistic environment fabricated by linguistic changes for literary creation. Such probes can also disclose the historical reasons for literary stylistics, authors' selection of styles, and formal characteristics of literary works. They can lead to accurate interpretation and assessment of vernacular movement after the May 4th Movement and the later series of new literary forms and stylistic phenomena. This is beneficial to better summarizing the developmental experience in the forms of modern Chinese literature and helping us seek some revealing significance for contemporary literary trend in its development.