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This is 张东阁 speaking. I think to understand this, I need to understand the mentality of China in the 1970s, but still, "主题先行" puzzles me. "Themes go first"?? What themes?

我是在上世纪70年代开始剪纸创作。
I started doing paper-cutting last century in the 70s.
当时收到“主题先行”的创作思潮影响,
At that time I was influenced by the "big themes come first" creative tide of thought,
一味追求服务于时代,
I only wanted to serve our country at that time,
抓大题材,
take up the important themes,
抓时代气息,
grasp the Zeitgeist,
因此,
therefore,
在表现手法上大都抛弃了传统剪纸的影响。
in my expressive technique I mostly abandoned the influence of traditional paper-cutting.

  • 主题先行 here should be a technical term in 剪纸创作. This might not be a language question, but a technical one. – dan Jan 9 '18 at 2:05
  • just some quick notes: #1 scidict.org/… [电子信息,商业经济,生活,人文] 主题先行 theme first 收藏 跳转到该词 #2 books.google.com/… 影響比較:格里爾遜式與主題先行[Comparison and Influence: Grierson Mode and Subject First] #3 aaa.org.hk/en/collection/search/library/idea-performance-no-5-5 Idea Performance (No. 5), 主題先行 (總第5期)#4 subject choosing – Mo. Jan 9 '18 at 8:05
  • #5 google.com/… 10.Hu Feng Subject View and Subject Advance Thought Probe;胡风的主题观及其主题先行思想试探 – Mo. Jan 9 '18 at 8:10
  • 当时到“主题先行”的创作思潮影响 – tsh Feb 13 '18 at 6:18
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主题先行, as you said, it literally means "Themes go first".

But, "70年代" is the Cultural Revolution period, I suppose it refers to the situation that before artistic creation, the central theme has been decided by political factors; people has to do the creation accord with that.

“主题先行”指十年动乱期间,根据政治需要,先确定所谓的“主题”,然后再根据“主题”的要求填进“人物”和“情节”,使“主题”得以表现的一种文学创作方法。

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  • different time period: baike.baidu.com/item/%E4%B8%BB%E9%A2%98%E5%85%88%E8%A1%8C “主题先行”指民国白色恐怖动乱期间... – user6065 Jan 9 '18 at 2:54
  • @user6065 It's not the case for OP, who said it's "70年代". – user4072 Jan 9 '18 at 2:58
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    @user6065 Do not trust baike.baidu. Many like this one are maliciously tampered. – Kabie Jan 9 '18 at 4:24

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