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    HE Xiangyang
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 521-526.

    YAN Jingming
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 527-529.

    OUYANG Qiansen
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 540-556.

    ZHANG Jing
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 530-539.

    LI Chaoquan
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 633-655.

    Poverty alleviation is a critical battlefield of this era and this historic event has been timely and powerfully reflected and expressed in literary creations. In recent years, many influential literary works with the theme of poverty alleviation have emerged, which focus on telling the story of China’s system, shaping new characters in the New Era, and depicting a realistic view of rural transformation, so as to inject fresh content into contemporary literature and form a beautiful landscape of current Chinese literature.

    ZHOU Xinmin, OUYANG Qiansen
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 563-570.

    YAN Tonglin
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 571-588.

    The great social changes since China’s reform and opening up have facilitated the revival and development of reportage. Life in the New Era has provided infinitely rich and valuable themes and materials for the creation of reportage. Among them, the theme of targeted poverty reduction and poverty alleviation has become the focus of reportage writing in recent years. The “Poverty Alleviation Trilogy”: In Leaf and Bloom, Listening to the Voices of the Blooming Flowers (Huafan Yemao, Qingting Huakai de Shengyin), The Sunshine of the Blissful Spring (Baode Sanchunhui), and A New Lease of Life: The Story of Wanshan (Kan Wanshan Hongbian), written by famous writer Ouyang Qiansen, is not only a self-evident breakthrough of Guizhou-themed reportage and its status within national literary circles, but is also strong evidence of the reflection on major themes and the spirit of the times through reportage, which, in this sense, is of irreplaceable significance.

    LI Yuchun
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 589-618.

    Ouyang Qiansen is a writer from Guizhou who is quite influential in the Chinese literary circles of the new century. He has worked hard to rejuvenate the Chinese nation’s literary tradition with modern thinking. This is reflected in the fact that he includes modern geological expertise in his novels, portraying geographical scenery with poetic language, thereby forming a unique narrative style based on modern knowledge and renewing the “natural science” narrative tradition of China’s ancient novels. Moreover, he pays special attention to myriad unusual events and people throughout Guizhou’s history and in reality, and creates typical literary Guizhou characters of all types whereby he revives the “legend” narrative tradition based on historical records or biographies and is typical of ancient Chinese novels. Both the geography-based “natural science” narrative and the people-based “legend” narrative are merged into Ouyang’s local chroniclestyled novel pedigree of Guizhou. By creatively transforming the narrative tradition of local chronicles and local chronicle-style novels of ancient China, in his literary creations, Ouyang manages to revive and reconstruct the Guizhou spirit, which serves as the local expertise and culture.

    ZHOU Xinmin
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 619-632.

    I came to know the works of Ouyang Qiansen for the first time through the TV series Madame Shexiang (Shexiang Furen) and Unbreakable Pass (Xiongguan Mandao), and his screenwriting skills immediately struck me. Later, I read many of his full-length and medium-length novels as well as his short stories. The short stories of his works certainly display the most devotion and exemplify his highest achievement. There is no doubt that the short story is a very difficult literary form. As Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Wang Zengqi, Sun Li, Su Tong and many other great writers have made remarkable artistic achievements, the art of the short story has been pushed to the extreme, thus making it even more challenging to achieve success in the genre. Ouyang Qiansen, however, has done it by immersing himself in the art of the short story. This paper explores the artistic achievements within Ouyang Qiansen’s short stories, providing some reference for enriching the artistic landscape of the short story.

    OUYANG Qiansen
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2022, 16(4): 557-562.

    WU Yiqin
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2023, 17(1): 17-34.

    Chen Yan’s novels are steeped in traditional Chinese culture. The Comedy and The Protagonist draw on and use traditional national art resources such as Chinese opera and drama to discover anew and create “tradition” from a modern perspective. Traditional Chinese opera and drama shape the narrative aesthetic nature of Chen Yan’s novels both explicitly and implicitly. The difference between opera and drama, lyrical and impressionistic style, and narrative and action also forms its diverse narrative aesthetic style. The origin and distinction of style and form between Chen Yan’s novels and traditional Chinese comedies and modern Chinese novels are profoundly influenced by time and history, which essentially determines the spiritual structure and narrative aesthetic of Chen Yan’s novels.

    CHEN Yan, XIE Ying (Record), XIE Ying
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2023, 17(1): 11-16.

    CUI Qinglei
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2023, 17(1): 86-100.

    Chen Yan’s new novel The Comedy is a continuation of his writing of the life and destiny of the artists in The Protagonist. Through shaping characters of the Chou (role of the clown) and describing the joy and sadness experienced by them,his new novel presents the artists’ mixed feelings of sorrow and joy and reveals the crises and dilemmas encountered by traditional art against the background of modernity along with the possibility of transformation and conversion. Like The Protagonist, The Comedy follows Chen Yan’s consistent realistic narrative techniques; unlike the solemn and grand aesthetic style of The Protagonist, however, the new novel develops its narrative with a comic approach more in tune with the characters’ identity and inner spirit and shapes the characters and the story based on the dialectics of comedy and tragedy, thus enriching Chen Yan’s original narrative style and contributing a new aesthetic experience.

    WANG Yichuan
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2023, 17(1): 1-2.

    CHEN Peihao
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2023, 17(1): 68-85.

    The Comedy is another of Chen Yan’s masterpieces of realism after The Backstage Clan and The Protagonist. The difference is that the portrayal of He Jiabei in The Comedy echoes the theoretical idea of “typical characters under typical circumstances.” Through studies on Chen Yan’s writing in a tensive theoretical space of “typicality,” we find that he has applied several important “typical” theories to his novels. He Jiabei, as a “typical character under typical circumstances” no longer embodies the ideal value as did Yi Qin’e in The Protagonist. The function of this character regards the communication between individuals and the times, phenomenon and essence. “Typical characters under typical circumstances” is a theory generated from an analysis of realism inseparable from the “totality” of the times and history. The focus of The Comedy, a novel based on this theory, has also shifted from creating characters with distinct traits to exploring the historical essence of the era of “comedy.”

    LIU Qiong
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2023, 17(1): 35-56.

    The Protagonist is another fulllength masterpiece of realism by Chen Yan following his previous novel The Backstage Clan. His rich experience in drama creation enables Chen Yan to skillfully employ classical literature and traditional opera librettos, and be keener on entering a narrative where novel and opera communicate without any barriers, thereby forming his distinctive narrative aesthetic. In addition, Chen Yan has proficiently created in the abovementioned books typical characters such as Diao Shunzi and Yi Qin’e, creating a blueprint for how these two novels will be passed down to later generations. Unlike The Backstage Clan, which focuses on the extraordinary nature of ordinary people, The Protagonist presents the potential of the rise of ordinary people and a panorama of man and culture by portraying the legendary lives of the protagonist and the secondary protagonist.

    WANG Chunlin
    Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2023, 17(1): 57-67.

    Chen Yan has emerged as an outstanding novelist thanks to his rich experience in theatrical literature. His latest novel, The Protagonist, focuses on the heroine Yi Qin’e’s forty-year on the stage,and creates a group of characters living in obscurity under the social changes of the times, portraying a broader spectrum of life and society beyond the domain of drama and conveying his profound observations on life,the times, society, and the world. The epic artistic nature of the novel and the interplay between the fate of the characters and the social changes taking place at the time in the novel, along with Chen Yan’s deep insight into the complexity of humanity are the keys to the successful presentation of the art and ideology of The Protagonist.