A system of narratology endowed with Hegalian insights can be discerned in prose writing between 1949 and 1956, the period of state foundation in modern China, if Jean Francois Lyotard’s analysis of postmodernism is deployed. This recurring theme of grand narrative steered the literary tides, helped exhibit the newborn state, socialism, peasants and heroes to the mass, and were highly commended. These works, however, have failed to sustain their indispensability when the tides have been over. Copyright © 2009 한국중국언어문화연구회.
- Grand narratives
- Prose of Modern China
- State founding
- 17‐year literature
- Alt. title: The characteristics of grand narrative in prose writing during the foundation of Modern China (1949‐56)