Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio had a great influence on the development of classical Chinese fiction during the Qing dynasty, and some later works would inevitably fell into a pattern of “homogenization” due to its influence. Therefore, “de-homogenization” emerged as an important approach for later generations to innovate on the texts and showcase their artistic pursuits. In the process of “de-homogenization”, novelists either attempted to alter the details of the works, immerse themselves in clarifying and grounding the ambiguity into reality, or reverse the existing plot trends of the fictions. Such diverse “de-homogenizing” writing not only injected new vigor and vitality into the creation of classical Chinese fiction during the Qing dynasty but also achieved varying degrees of breakthrough and transcendence beyond Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio to different degrees.
classical Chinese fiction during the Qing dynasty, Pu Songling, Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, “de-homogenizing” writing
Zhang, Jiaojing. 2024. "The “De-homogenizing” Writing of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio in Classical Chinese Fictions during the Qing Dynasty." Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art 43, (6): pp.61-70. https://tsla.researchcommons.org/journal/vol43/iss6/8