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Children's Literature

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Author(s): Farquhar, Mary
Children's literature in China has a long history. The dual foundation of modern children's literature is born of the traditional emphasis on education and the modern struggle for nationhood. Traditional children's books belong to the Confucian heritage. They are primarily educational. Modern children's literature, based on Western models, was created by China's great reformers early in the 20th century in order to displace Confucian books and modernize China through the minds of its children. C…