SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Chinese 403: Modern Chinese Literature

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year
This course aims to provide the students with an overview of Chinese literature of the modern period. Texts will be read as much as possible in Chinese, though longer texts may be read in English translation. Attention will be paid to the literatures of mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora.


Year 3 language level or equivalent.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of this course students should be able to read modern Chinese literary texts in the original and translate them into English. They should also have advanced knowledge of the history of modern Chinese literature and knowledge of the basic concepts of literary theory and their application in analysing and interpreting modern Chinese texts. Students should also be able to carry out simple research projects in the field of modern Chinese literature, using primary and secondary materials available in the library and be able to produce both oral and written research reports.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); research exercise to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 (15%); research exercise to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (15%).


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