Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Modern Languages and Literatures
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.
Reed, Shannon Elizabeth, "The New Romantics: Romantic Themes in the Poetry of Guo Moruo and Xu Zhimo" (2009). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 305.
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