Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

by Jiang Ji-Li
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With what literary movement is the book Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang associated?

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Red Scarf Girl is a form of literary memoir. The author, Ji-Li Jiang, is writing about her own experiences during the Cultural Revolution, which took place in China in the mid 1960s to mid 1970s. The story begins as the Cultural Revolution is starting in China, and the author narrates her experiences dealing with the events of the Cultural Revolution as they affect her. For example, the author is impressed with the dancers of the Liberation Army that come to her school, but she realizes over time that she cannot take part in the Liberation Army because of her relatively upper-class background. The book is a literary memoir because it follows the narrative of a story and contains the types of themes and literary devices that a fictional book does. The book could also be considered a form of historical memoir, as it discusses events in history and discusses how those events affected the author.

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