Brief Analysis on the Artistic Technique of Blurring Narrative Subject and its Extension —Take Yu Dafu’s “Degradation” as an Example

Ruxin Chen


As a representative work of vernacular novels in Chinese new literature, “Degradation” sets up an unnamed protagonist and focuses on his inner world for a deep and comprehensive portrayal, thus forming the main content of the novel. This paper will explore the reason why the protagonist of the novel unnamed and the design idea behind it, discuss the revolutionary significance of this method of vague narrative by contrasting with previous literature, and its extension in other art forms today.

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