A Tentative Approach to the Language Awareness of Modern Chinese Literary Criticism
Abstract The language awareness is an important component in the structure of awareness of modern Chinese literary criticism. Modern literary criticism for the past decades has been perplexed by the elusive relations between literature and language. Modern criticism reveals, through arguments between classical Chinese and vernacular, the ideological characters of the classical Chinese system, but at the same time, influenced by the traditional language views, superficially attributes contradictions between the two to that of written language and spoken language, thus confining the examination of language functions in literature to the scope of relations between ‘essence’ and ‘function’. The ambiguity of concepts has not only delayed maturing and deepening of modern language awareness, but has diminished, and to some extent, dispelled the effect and strength of criticism for classical Chinese works.