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.
A. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the evolution of Chinese literature in the twentieth century and present day
B. Critically examine the complex interactions between Chinese literature, politics, and social change
C. Identify and analyse multiple cultural visions, imaginations and aesthetics in literary writings
D. Undertake historicised textual analysis of thematic ideas and techniques in literary texts
E. Outline the diversity of Chinese-language writings: categories, genres, schools and styles
F. Demonstrate advanced skills in oral presentation and essay writing
Lectures and seminars for rehearsal of weekly topics. Teaching and learning is through the medium of English, and no knowledge of Chinese is required.