Guest Editor's Introduction: Proletarian Arts in East Asia

Guest Editor's Introduction: Proletarian Arts in East Asia Proletarian Literature in the World The proletarian arts movement was an international politico-arts movement that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. Like other modernist movements, the proletarian arts movement sought to redefine the form and function of literature and art; and like other modernist movements, it held that capitalism was fundamentally changing the ways that people related to each other and to the world in which they lived. But, in contrast, the proletarian arts movement — no matter how much writers disagreed over the details — held that class-based struggle was necessary because capital was controlled by the few at the expense of the many. The essays in this volume remind us of the anguish and optimism that made proletarianism seem not only possible but crucial. As the important Korean literary critic Yoon-shik Kim writes in his essay in this volume, “Literature was no longer to be a sentimental pastime, positions 14:2 doi 10.1215/10679847-2006-002 Copyright 2006 by Duke University Press positions 14:2  Fall 2006  but an active participant in the development of society and the unfolding of history.” Despite the awkwardness of the term to some ears today, self-titled “proletarian” organizations existed throughout the world during the first part http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Guest Editor's Introduction: Proletarian Arts in East Asia

positions asia critique, Volume 14 (2) – Sep 1, 2006

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Duke University Press
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© 2006 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1067-9847
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10.1215/10679847-2006-002
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Proletarian Literature in the World The proletarian arts movement was an international politico-arts movement that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. Like other modernist movements, the proletarian arts movement sought to redefine the form and function of literature and art; and like other modernist movements, it held that capitalism was fundamentally changing the ways that people related to each other and to the world in which they lived. But, in contrast, the proletarian arts movement — no matter how much writers disagreed over the details — held that class-based struggle was necessary because capital was controlled by the few at the expense of the many. The essays in this volume remind us of the anguish and optimism that made proletarianism seem not only possible but crucial. As the important Korean literary critic Yoon-shik Kim writes in his essay in this volume, “Literature was no longer to be a sentimental pastime, positions 14:2 doi 10.1215/10679847-2006-002 Copyright 2006 by Duke University Press positions 14:2  Fall 2006  but an active participant in the development of society and the unfolding of history.” Despite the awkwardness of the term to some ears today, self-titled “proletarian” organizations existed throughout the world during the first part

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