Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University   
Module Code: CCS206
Module Title: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
The module deals with Chinese literature since 1919. In the first part it concentrates on the period before 1949 that saw a remarkable flourishing of modern Chinese literature. The module discusses its literary styles, themes and interactions with society. It then considers literature in the PRC, starting with socialist realism. Since 1978 Chinese intellectual life has changed significantly with the PRC’s opening to the rest of the world and reform. There have been dramatic changes in the evolution of Chinese literature, some of which echo earlier periods and literatures and some of which represent new departures for Chinese literary life. The module considers these as well as aspects of literary development elsewhere in the Chinese-speaking world.
Learning outcomes 
A Have a clear understanding of the evolution of Chinese literature in the Twentieth Century and present day

B Be able to analyse the complex interactions between Chinese literature, politics, and social change

C Be aware of the role of writers as an agent of change and chronicler in Twentieth Century China and the Present Day

D Ability to undertake textual analysis of literary texts

E Appreciate the differences between the various categories of modern and categories of writing in Chinese

F Knowledge of diversity in Chinese-language writing, including Mainland Chinese minorities, Overseas texts, and Taiwanese and Hong Kong writing

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and seminars for rehearsal of weekly topics. Teaching and learning is through the medium of English, and no knowledge of Chinese is required.
May 4th and the New Culture Movement

Language and Literature

The search for a modern Chinese literature

Political Writers: Lu Xun, Guo Moruo

Fictional Realism: Lao She, Mao Dun, Shen Congwen

Fictions of Manners: Eileen Chang, Yang Jiang, Qian Zhongshu

Poetry: Dai Wangshu and Wen Yiduo

The Early PRC: Heroic Literature and Social Realism

The Separation: Yu Guangzhong, Pai Hsien-yung, Ch’i Chun

Hong Kong and Nanyang Literature

Misty poetry and its Legacy

Contemporary Women’s Literature

Minority and Subculture Literatures

Contemporary Writers: Yu Hua, Mo Yan, Su Tong

The Younger Generation

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essay 20.00
2 In Class Participation 10.00
3 Final Exam 40.00
4 Reading Reports 10.00
5 Essay Preparation 10.00
6 Seminar Presentation 10.00

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