Modern Chinese Literature (MA)
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Level of Chinese reading ability should exceed the level of Special Course in Chinese IV.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The course aims to provide the students with an overview of Chinese literature of the modern period. The learning outcomes are:
- Ability to read modern Chinese literary texts in the original and translate them correctly into English
- Advanced knowledge of the history of modern Chinese literature
- Knowledge of the basic concepts of literary theory and their application in analysing and interpreting modern Chinese texts
- Ability to carry out research projects in the field of modern Chinese literature, using primary and secondary materials available in the library
- Ability to produce both oral and written research reports at the MA level
WorkloadA total of 20 weeks teaching with 4 hours classroom contact per week. Two weeks revision with a total of 3 hours contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
The course deals with texts in all genres of modern Chinese literature written during the 20th and/or 21st century. Texts will be read as much as possible in Chinese, though some longer texts may be read in English translation instead. Attention will be paid to the literatures of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora.
Method of assessmentAn essay of 4,000 - 5,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 2, term 2 (40%); an essay of 6,000 - 7,000 words to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3 (60%).
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