Chen Cun and Other Chroniclers
This chapter examines the online chronicles of three very different authors. The first is Chen Cun, whose long, meandering, never-ending online writings are clearly linked to his earlier avant-garde experiments from his pre-Internet days, when he was always striving to find ways to liberate himself from what he considered to be the stifling conventions of fiction, in favor of a more immediate manner of written expression. The second is Wen Huajian, the author of China's first microblog novel. His work is less serious than Chen Cun's but nicely thematizes the community aspect of social media while constantly blurring the lines between the contents of the novel and Wen's actual interactions on Weibo. Finally, the chapter looks at celebrity blogger Han Han. Although he does not publish literary work online, Han Han's early blog posts are important for their frontal attacks on the established publishing system. More recently, he has been engaged in several projects aimed at widening the space for independent literature publishing in China, both in print and online.
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