Literature, art must serve nation’s interests, seminar says

The national character and modernity are two inseparable factors in Vietnam’s development of literature and art, with the former as a momentum for the latter and the latter as a supplement to the former, participants at a seminar recently agreed.

A view of annual traditional Lady Thu Bon Festival in Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province, an event highlighting the nation’s traditional art. At a recent seminar, experts agreed that the national character is a momentum for modernity in the country’s literature and art. (Photo: SGGP)

The concept was adopted by participants at a two-day seminar on “national identity and modernity in Vietnam’s literature and art” in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, which wrapped up on August 5.

At the closing session, Prof. Dr. Phung Huu Chu, chairman of the Central Council for Theory and Criticism on Literature and Art, said: “The seminar has discussed many key issues related to the national character and modernity in the field of art and literature in varied aspects. We have reached unanimity in new approaches to the field, and ways to promote a harmony between national identity and modernity in creating and performing literature and art.”

Another participant, Dr. Nguyen An, said, “After all, national character and modernity are two reciprocal facets of one issue, since in the development of literature and art, the former is enriched by the latter and thereby the former always contains new elements from the latter.”

There is a dialectically correlated relation between the two factors, as the one is a boost to the other and vise versa, said Prof. Tran Dinh Su.

Most participants agreed that the development of Vietnam’s art and literature is based on both factors, which are not exclusive or contradictory but mutually supplemental. As such, they together influence the overall quality of literature and art.

No matter what conceptions and approaches are conducted in respect of the two factors, they must be aimed at serving the interest of the country and people, and boosting sustainable development of the nation’s literature and art, the seminar concluded.

By Nguyen Khoi – Translated by Truc Thinh

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