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Module Code: CCS402
Module Title: Contemporary Chinese Literature
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: China Studies
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module offers a study of representative fictional works within the social, political and cultural context of the contemporary Chinese-speaking world. It traces significant literary thoughts, genres and currents that respond to, represent and reflect on rapid social developments and changes in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from 1949 to the present. Representative works of “socialist realism”, “scar literature”, “root-seeking”, “avant-gardism”, “new historicist writing”, “individualist writing”, literary feminism, diaspora literature, and so on, will be introduced and discussed. It aims to familiarise students with different artistic languages and aesthetics, and to help them develop a deep understanding of contemporary Chinese social and cultural history, through its literature.
Learning outcomes 
A Synthetise the evolution of Chinese literature in the contemporary Chinese-speaking world

B Critically examine multiple cultural visions, imaginations and aesthetics in literary writings

C Analyse the complex interactions between Chinese literature, politics, and social change

D Outline the diversity in Chinese-language writing, including Mainland Chinese minorities, overseas texts, and Taiwanese and Hong Kong writing

E Undertake textual analysis of literary texts

F Demonstrate advanced skills in oral presentations and essay writing

Method of teaching and learning 
In the seminars students will able to have an in-depth discussion of weekly topics, and also to present their analysis of a specific topic from the syllabus. The essay plan and the essay will hone students’ analytical and writing abilities. Teaching and learning is through the medium of English.
The syllabus will typically include the following topics:

The Early PRC: Heroic Literature and Social Realism

Humanism and Scar Literature

Misty poetry and its Legacy

Cultural Reflections and “Root-Seeking Literature”

Modernist experiments and Avant-Gardists

“New Historism” in Writing

“Individualist Writing” and Literary Feminism

Contemporary Writers: Mo Yan, Yan Lianke, Liu Zhenyun

Contemporary Taiwan Literature

Contemporary Hong Kong Literature

Chinese Diaspora Literature

Minority and Subculture Literatures

Internet Literature and Popular Genre Fiction

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   28        122  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 20.00
2 Essay Plan 20.00
3 Final Essay 60.00

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