Conforming to the Historical Trend of the Time and Catering to the Taste of Readers of the time
——A Critical Review of Lu Xun and Hu Shi's Views of "Condemnation Novels"FAN Bo-qun( Research Center of Ancient Literature, Fudan University, Shanghai 2000000)
We do not regard "condemnation novels" as an inferior genre of fictional writing. Such a shortcoming of " sparing nobody in making critical attacks" as shown in a " condemnation novel" or two does not characterize all the novels of this kind. Their appearance in the late Qing Dynasty was due to the need of conforming to the historical trend of the time and catering to the taste of readers of the time. If carefully written and artistically flavored, the "condemnation novels"might become excellent literary works.