2015-2016 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
A Discussion on Dinglin’s Fiction during the Yanan Period
王立峰先生 Mr Wang Lifeng
Date and Time: April 1, 2016 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Dinglin (1904-1986), a writer who joined CCP in 1932, is well known for her feminine novels in 1920s in Shanghai. Having been under house arrest by KMT in Nanjing for about 3 years, Dinglin finally escaped and found her way to Yanan in 1936. However, she didn’t write many novels in Yanan, only 10 short stories, which she was good at and supposed to do. Actually she wrote little but non-fiction works after the Yanan Forum on Literature and Art. Dinglin was in “honey moon” with CCP as she arrived in Yanan and after 2 to 3 years she started to struggle with the relationship between art principles and revolutionary needs, which could be easily observed in her novels. The reason why she was willing to follow the CCP’s policy and how she dealt with the conflictions between literature and politics still remained obscure today. Through an in-depth discussion on Dinglin’s case, we might have a better understanding of the development of literature in the 1940s of Yanan and also the left-wing intellectuals’ choices of political inclination when they were facing a new growing authority.
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