chapter  7
10 Pages

Interpreting Elizabeth Foreman Lewis’s Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

ByKenneth Kidd

Influenced by leftist social thought, China's children's literature after the May Fourth Movement turned to realism and didacticism, as did mainstream literature. In the twenty-first century, China's children's literature has begun to present a diversified development pattern, which combines education and recreation, literature and culture, and art and technology, as well as commerce and industry. In China, childhood is now defined as the period from birth to age 18, during which children go through lasting and continuous changes and receive constant stimulus and influence from the environment. Generally speaking, children's literature is for both children and adults, including the adult writers themselves. Judging from the best-selling children's literature created in the past 10 years, urbanization, entertainment, and fashion have gradually become the popular trends in China. While children's abilities to comprehend certain subject matter are still taken into account, children's literature is no longer limited to children's lives or to content designed only for children.