Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Modern Languages and Literatures


Yanfang Tang

Committee Members

Adam Potkay

Kim Wheatley


During the 1920s, Chinese writers experimented with new styles, including many adopted from Western literature. One of the most prominent themes was Romanticism. However, far from merely imitating the English Romantics (Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Keats), Chinese poets expanded and reworked Romantic themes of transcendence, the power of the imagination, and appreciation of nature. Guo Moruo merged Romantic individualism with a Marxist vision of social transformation while Xu Zhimo's poetry contains undercurrent of pessimism and doubt largely absent from the English Romantics. Both poets represent China's new Romanticism, one unique to the experience of 1920s China.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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