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Fall 2019
Oct 22, 2021
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CHNS 0220 - Modern Chinese Literature
*Modern China through Literature (in translation)* This course, taught in English, is a discussion-based seminar on some of the most significant works of short fiction, novellas, and novels that tell the story of China and the Chinese from the end of the Qing dynasty to the present. Students will gain a better understanding of the history of modern China by studying the works of literature that inspired readers and provoked debate during one hundred years of social reform, revolution, war, civil war, reconstruction, cultural revolution, cultural revival, and economic growth. Our reading will include work by authors such as Lu Xun (/Diary of a Madman/, 1918), Zhang Ailing (/Love in a Fallen City/, 1944), Ah Cheng (/The Chess King/, 1984), Yu Hua (/To Live/, 1993), and, from Taiwan, Zhu Tianwen (/Notes of a Desolate Man/, 1999). We will consider the mainstream (socially engaged realism), the avant-garde (varieties of modernism), and popular genres (romance and martial arts), and we will look for answers to the following questions: what has been the place of fiction in China in the modern era and what vision of modern China do we find in its fiction? (No prerequisites) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
0.000 OR 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Languages Division
Chinese Department

Course Attributes:
AAL, LIT, NOA


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