Contemporary Review (Chinese magazine)

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Contemporary Review
Editor-in-chief Wang Shijie 王世杰
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Contemporary Review Publisher
First issue December 13, 1924
Final issue December 1928
Country China
Language Chinese

Contemporary Review (现代评论) was a Chinese literary weekly magazine founded in 1924 and ceased December 1928.[1][2][3]

Publication history[edit]

"Contemporary Review"(现代评论) debuted in Beijing December 13, 1924. After 209 issues, it ceased in 1928. There were 3 extra issues and a series of specials. This is a general weekly spanning politics, economics, law, the arts, philosophy, education and science. Closely affiliated scholars include Hu Shih 胡适、Gao Yihan 高一涵、Tang Youren 唐有壬、 Chen Yuan 陈源、Xu Zimo 徐志摩 and others。 Most of them studied in Europe or United States. "Contemporary Review" valued individualism and freedom of style. While it was a general magazine, it published a large number of new literature writers introducing them to an eager audience. Zhang Dinghuang 张定璜 published "Mr. Lu Xun" 鲁迅先生 as a comprehensive two part review of all Lu's writings in the journal, January 24 and 31 issues of 1925. Zhang's essay defined Lu Xun's historic significance in the transition of modern Chinese literature.

Early Republic of China journals such as "Fiction Monthly" (founded 1910), "Contemporary Review" along with "New Youth (Xin Qingnian)" (founded 1915), "Creative Quarterly" (1921), Tattler (November 1924) and others played a critical role in modernizing the written Chinese language. These intersecting circles of young scholars all witnessed the 1911 Xinhai revolution. Their goal was to revolutionize the written language, transforming it from the classical to the vernacular. These talented writers and scholars had close relationships with successive education ministries. They established the education system and the curriculum. (Hu Shih 胡适 for example served as Education Minister for the Republic of China. Cheng Fangwu 成仿吾 of "Creative Quarterly" set up the Red Army education system for their long march and beyond.) These journals published the new literature authors. The reviews (sometimes very heated) gave theoretical foundation for the works. By the end of the 20th century, the Chinese general population achieved a level of literacy. This is the lasting revolution.

Representative issues[edit]

The Table of Contents give a feel to the magazine.

First Issue Table of Contents Contemporary Review  
Contemporary Review -Inaugural issue, Volume I No. 1, 1924-Table of Contents.jpg
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Language Chinese

First Issue Table of Contents[edit]

  • Editorial—Current Events
  • Government by Law and Revolution, by Yan Shutang
  • The Critical Moment, by Wang Shijie
  • Generous Settlement Terms for the Qing Imperial Family
  • "Beggar", a novella, by Xi Lin
  • "November 3rd" a novel, by You Dafu
  • "Difficulties of Translation", by Hu Shih
  • "Philistines", by Xi Gu


  1. ^ Hockx, Michel (1999). The literary field of twentieth-century China. University of Hawaiʻi. ISBN 9780824822026. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Hockx, Michel (2003). Questions of Style: Literary Societies and Literary Journals in Modern China, 1911-1937. Brill Publishers. ISBN 9789004129153. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Shiao Ling (2010). "Culture, Commerce and Connections: The Inner Dynamics of New Culture Publishing in the Post-May Fourth Period". In Cynthia Brokaw, Christopher A. Reed. From Woodblocks to the Internet: Chinese Publishing and Print Culture in Transition, Circa 1800 to 2008. Brill Publishers. ISBN 9789004185272. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

《现代评论》 百度百科 (Chinese text)