Time Has Begun: Hu Feng’s Poesis in Socialist China, 1937-50

Ruth Y.Y. Hung


"This paper examines the poetry of the Marxist poet and critic Hu Feng (1902-85) within the context of the modernizing transformations that took place in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with a particular focus on Hu’s claims of the political effects of the Chinese Revolution (1927–50) on creative practices during the 1940s and early 1950s, specifically, the phenomena presented by his poesis.... In his career as a poet and critical intellectual, literary editor and publisher, Marxist-in-exile in socialist China, and political prisoner of the CCP, Hu practiced and called for writings that eventually became oppositional forces against authoritarian practices and populist nationalism."

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