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Lilies and other stories / Ru Zhijuan

Main Author Ru Zhijuan, 1925- Country China. Edition 1st ed Publication Beijing : Chinese Literature, 1985 Description 205 p. ; 18 cm Series Panda books ISBN 0-8351-1332-9 CDU 895.1 RU
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Ju Chih-chuan made her name in 1958 by writing a story called "Lilies." Though on the surface the story appears to be rather innocuous, its writing was actually a courageous act of defiance. It challenged Mao Tse-tung's literary policy, outlined in 1942, which dictated that fiction should be written in a "bold" proletarian style, not a "graceful and restrained" style smacking of decadent bourgeois values. Ju Chih-chuan's delicate style, therefore, occasioned a national literary controversy, which was finally decided in her favor when Minister of Culture Mao Tun sided with her against her critics.

Following her victory, she continued writing in the same vein, and it is largely due to her efforts that sentiment, family, and motherhood gradually became respectable topics again in China. In 1979 Ju Chih-chuan bucked the trend again, experimenting with a bold "male" style to attack the disastrous agricultural policies of the Great Leap Forward (1958--59). She was one of the first to dare to expose the folly of this failed policy.

Though Ju Chih-chuan has shown extraordinary courage throughout her writing career, her work's international reception is flawed by reliance on political context for true intelligibility. In translation it tends to appear marred by Communist jargon and becomes deceptively mild.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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