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A Study on Disaster Literature in Right-wing Nationalist Literary Journals in 1930s

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2024, (72), pp.91-111
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2024..72.005
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Received : April 10, 2024
  • Accepted : May 20, 2024
  • Published : May 31, 2024

Zhang Lin 1

1용인대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

In the 1930s, the disaster literature of Right-wing nationalist literary journals mainly focused on portraying the suffering endured by individuals, reflecting the unbearable social reality of people amidst the ravages of natural disasters. They critiqued the government's inadequate disaster relief efforts, bureaucratic corruption and incompetence, collusion between officials and businessmen, and the darker aspects of society. However, the influence of political ideology also lends a distinct character to the disaster narratives within Right-wing literature, setting it apart from other factions. From a nationalist standpoint, Right-wing writers offered varying degrees of criticism towards the human factors emerging from disasters, yet they tended to avoid addressing issues of class conflict. Pearl S. Buck depicted a unique portrayal of disaster victims and citizens, aiming to challenge the common urban-rural dichotomy found in Left-wing literary disaster narratives. Liberal writer Jin Yi and Right-wing writer Gong Yibo both focused on the bourgeoisie amidst floods. While the former implicitly echoed the class conflict theme of Left-wing literature with subtle strokes, the latter attempted to break down class barriers through the bravery and compassion of the wealthy.

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