One important criterion for deciding whether a text belongs to world literature is its ability to circulate among different regions in various languages. If we apply this standard to early Chinese detective fiction, which appeared in the beginning of the twentieth century and flourished during the Republican China period until 1949, it is probably the case that none of these works can be regarded as world literature, due to the fact that few of them have been translated into other languages; still less have had influence on the production of crime fiction globally. Chinese detective fiction was mainly consumed in China at that time. However, if we examine classics of detective fiction in world literature, Sherlock Holmes stories have a far-reaching influence on the overall Chinese detective fiction.
|Title of host publication||Crime fiction as world literature|
|Editors||Louise NILSSON, David DAMROSCH, Theo D'HAEN|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Feb 2017|
|Name||Literatures as World Literature|