On the Concept of “Middlebrow Literature”and the Dissolution of the Boundary between Highbrow Literature and Lowbrow Literature
- 2014年 
【中文摘要】目前，国内学界常将一些介于雅俗文学之间的作品（比如无名氏、徐訏等人的创作）误认为是打破了雅俗文学的界限，对此需要加以澄清，并用一种“中阶文学”的新概念加以定义。同时，随着目前中国中产阶层的发展，属于这个文学（文化）类阶的作品正越来越多，因此，有必要介绍和引进这一重要的理论新术语和新思路。判断一部作品是否“中阶文学”，在于其是否具有传统伦理道德观或中产品味，并将此(庸俗化的、保守的、过度感伤而显得做作的）品味美化，投诸于对社会现象的观察、判断和呈现。 【Abstract】Scholars nowadays often mistake the literary works situated between the highbrow literature and the lowbrow literature as breaking apart the boundary line between the two. It needs to be clarified. Instead，this literature should be defined with a new concept of “middle-brow literature.” Moreover，with the development of China's middle class，there are more and more works belonging to this category. Thus it is also necessary to introduce this important concept coming from the West，which would offer us inspirational thoughts for academic research. To judge whether a book is middle-brow or not，it depends on whether it harbors conservative ethical-moral concepts and glorifies these vulgar ideas，which are often covered under an affected，sentimentalized rhetoric，and projects themto the social phenomena which it is meant to narrate and represent.