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Chinese 5040, Spring 2004, Readings in Chinese Text: Modern Chinese Literary Writings

Instructor: Zou, Zhen

Prereq: Chinese 3032 or equivalent or instructor consent; 3.0 cr

This course will expose advanced students to various Chinese writings and improve their ability to read Chinese literary work in the original. We will study literary writings of different styles in modern China, including short stories, essays, poems, and excerpts of novels, mostly written during the first half of the twentieth century, especially from the late 1910s through the late 1940s, a peak time of twentieth-century Chinese literature. These writings reflect both a changing Chinese society and Chinese intellectuals’ efforts to awaken the Chinese general public and to bring China into the modern world. Some works by female writers will be included to encourage students to rethink the issues of memory and representation. The lectures and discussions will focus on the use of the language, the contents of the texts, and the Chinese cultural and philosophical messages found in those works. The hope is that this will inspire students to further explore modern Chinese literature and culture. The course will be taught in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).
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Class time: 40% lecture, 50% discussion, 5% laboratory, 5% Internet reading, film viewing, skits.
Work load: 8 pages of reading per week, 10 pages of writing per semester, 2 exam(s), 1 final project.
Grade: 10% class participation; 15% essay writing; 35% quizzes, homework, skit writing, Chinese web exploration, and oral report; 10% mid-term exam; 15% final exam; 15% final project.
Exam format: Fill in blanks, answering questions, essay writing.

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