Translated Titles

The Creation and Disintegration of a Readership for Late Qing Fiction


陳俊啓(Chun-Chi Chen)

Key Words

晚清小說 ; 新小說 ; 通俗小說 ; 閱讀群體 ; 報刊雜誌 ; Late Qing fiction ; New Fiction ; popular fiction ; readership ; newspapers and magazines



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

28卷4期(2010 / 12 / 01)

Page #

201 - 232

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

Because of the popularity and easy accessibility of fiction, fiction was employed by late Qing intellectuals to aid in their pursuit of the new and the modern of the West. What advocates of New Fiction did was to make use of a multitude of media to help educate and mobilize people, and create and shape a readership to achieve their ideals. However, it appears that by 1915, when Liang Qichao 梁啟超 complained that the book markets were overflowing with indecent books, the reading public that Liang and his colleagues were trying to shape had already disappeared, replaced by a new readership. This new readership seemed to have pulled the development of fiction away from the serious enterprise of saving the nation, back down to a more populist and entertaining level, accordingly affecting its style and content. This article attempts to delineate this development in the late Qing period.

Topic Category 人文學 > 哲學
人文學 > 歷史學
人文學 > 語言學
人文學 > 中國文學
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