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The Creation of Zhangxin’s Novel in the Mass Culture Atmosphere

Author: ZhangNing
Tutor: WuPeiXian
School: Hunan Normal University
Course: Contemporary Chinese Literature
Keywords: ZhangXin Mass culture Urban novels the writing of desire the pursuit of ideal
CLC: I207.42
Type: Master's thesis
Year: 2011
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Abstract


If modern culture is a tripod, mass culture, mainstream culture, and elite culture are its three legs. Mass culture goes hand in hand with the prosperity of metropolises and influences urban literature unnoticeably but strongly. The paper illustrates the unique presentation of mass culture’s development status and path, and its deep cultural value, by focusing on Zhang Xin’s unique understanding and smart construction of the today’s mass culture. The illustration is carried out from three aspects:firstly, by tracing back the origin of Zhang Xin’s urban novels and their relation with mass culture, Zhang Xin’s persistence in modern urban stories against the mass culture background is discussed. With a realistic commercial logic, the writer keeps an eye on the spiritual world of urban people with an advanced perspective; at the same time, by referring to the combination of tradition and modern, the writer displays her readers a modern consumption landscape and thereafter catches the pulse of a metropolis. Secondly, by reading carefully the text, from the angle of "desire", the author studies the constructive value of Zhang Xin’s novels of facing urban desires and their diversified performances. Mass culture is entertainment, fashion, and commercial, which determines its interaction with urban desires. From this, Zhang Xin’s novels manage to grasp the soul of an urban city, desire, and presents physical desire, sexual desire, utility desire, and many other various desires. The urban people’s way of living and desire chain are well manifested as well. Consequently, Zhang Xin’s novels’mass cultural features and desire presentation prove their realistic value. Thirdly, from the perspective of female pursuit of perfect love, the author analyzes Zhang Xin’s novels’modern selection and characteristic expression of love and marriage of modern female. The deep social value and humane concept of Zhang Xin’s "Love Story" is studied, from which mass culture’s huge influence upon modern culture is therefore understood comprehensively and deeply.

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