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New Left Review I/92, July-August 1975


William Benton

Introduction to ‘The Yenan Literary Opposition’

In the spring of 1942 a series of articles appeared in the Yenan press which took as their theme the need to expose the ‘dark side’ of life in the Communist base areas of northern China. The authors of these articles saw themselves as upholders of the literary tradition of Lu Hsün, modern China’s best known literary figure, and used the tsa-wen—a laconic and fiercely critical essay form perfected by Lu Hsün—as their literary ‘dagger’.

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