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New York: Palgrave. Duke, Michael S. 1985. Blooming and Contending: Chinese Literature in the Post‐Mao Era. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Duke, Michael S. 1993. 1: 41–70. Duke, Michael S. Ed. 1989. Modern Chinese Women Writers: Critical Appraisals. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe. Duran, Angelica, and Yuhan Huang. Eds. 2014. Mo Yan in Context: Nobel Laureate and Global Storyteller. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press. Eagleton, Terry. 1983. Literary Theory: An Introduction. Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell.

1994. A Snowy Morning: Eight Chinese Poets on the Road to Modernity. Leiden: Research School CNWS. Hockx, Michel. Ed. 1999. The Literary Field in Twentieth‐Century China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Hockx, Michel. 2003. Questions of Style: Literary Societies and Literary Journals in Modern China, 1911–1937. Leiden: Brill. Hockx, Michel. 2014. Internet Literature in China. New York: Columbia University Press. Hohendahl, Peter Uwe. 1989. Building a National Literature: The Case of Germany, 1830–1870.

The successful promotion of baihua (vernacular) as the national (written) language is probably the defining feature of Chinese modernity. However, the yuluti‐ versus‐dazhongyu debate in the 1930s highlights the continuing disagreement as to what counts as written baihua in modern prose. Qian identifies the nexus of wen (literariness, embellishment) and zhi (substance, character) as the key problematique of modern Chinese prose and discusses its accomplishments and contentions through an examination of theories and practices of such diverse modern Chinese prose writers as Hu Shi, Lin Yutang, Lu Xun, Zhou Zuoren, and, more recently, Zha Jianying, Su Wei, and Li Chengpeng.

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