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The Transformation of Japanese Literati’s View of Chinese Classical Popular Fiction since Edo Period: Based on Prefaces and Postscripts of Fiction

Liu Xuan

Japanese literati usually wrote prefaces and postscripts in Chinese when they translated Chinese classical popular fiction or wrote novels in Chinese after Edo period. If we read these prefaces and postscripts in chronological order, we could divide them into four stages. In the early Ego period, Japanese literati were used to imitating the creation of Chinese writers. In the middle and late Ego period, Japanese scholar treated Chinese classical poplar fiction as material for learning, and their attitude were much more rigorous. In the meantime, the independent creative consciousness began to appear in their novels in Chinese. After Meiji restoration, Japanese scholar’s creation began to make connection with reality, and affected the revolution of fiction in China.