Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2020)

An Analysis of the Marriage Crisis of Modern Chinese Intellectuals in Regret for the Past

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Longrun Wang
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Longrun Wang
Available Online 17 December 2020.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201215.418How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Family culture, Regret for the Past, May Fourth Movement, individualism, marriage and family
Abstract

This paper attempted a close study of the marriage tragedy in Lu Xun’s famous short story Regret for the Past with a focus on the contradictory relationship between traditional “family culture” and individualism of Chinese society in the 1920s. According to Lu Xun’s intention, the fictional tragedy can be extended to the common marriage and spiritual crisis among Chinese intellectuals in that period of social transition. In this case, the paper would explore the three layers of contradiction between the two opposite values, including the oppression of individuals by the family-centred mores of the society, the coexists of traditional family value and liberated individualism in people’s heart, and the division of emphasis on “family” and “individual” between the two parties in marriage. The research methods used in this paper include literature research and interdisciplinary research. This study aims to help the understanding of factors behind the marriage crisis from a historical and psycho-cultural perspective, reflect the cultural psychology that still affects modern Chinese people and their marriage, as well as provide a new perspective of modern China after the May Fourth Movement.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2020)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
17 December 2020
ISBN
978-94-6239-304-2
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2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201215.418How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2020, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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