Hsia Chih-tsing - Characteristics of Hsia's Criticism

Characteristics of Hsia's Criticism

The introduction to the third edition of Hsia's 'A History of Modern Chinese Fiction,' written by David Der-Wei Wang, makes several suggestions about Hsia's approach to criticism. In the case of 'A History of Modern Chinese Fiction,' Wang argues that the text is large in scale, and suggests that despite being less theory-laden than much of the Western literary field, it is still relevant. Wang indicates that Hsia's history was controversial in Mainland China for its perceived hostility to leftist literature, but Hsia's text, according to Wang, avoids being 'reflectionist' or 'moralist.'

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