The Literary Expression of the Screw Nail Spirit

In: Frontiers of Literary Studies in China
Li Haixia Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Shanghai University, China

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The “Screw Nail Spirit” (luosiding jingshen) is the zeitgeist in Chinese industrial age. Under the call of this spirit, the Chinese working class is at the forefront of history. However, Chinese contemporary industrial literature has not caught up with the spirit. What causes this difficulty? This paper analyzes how the creation and criticism of contemporary workers’ literature cope with this difficulty from the perspective of character shaping to the literary stylistics. The literary expression of the Screw Nail Spirit reflects the historical connection between literary production and modernization of the nation, and the research on this problem can be seen that the depth of exploration of contemporary literature production is between advanced nature and universality, party will and literariness.

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