Module Catalogues

Contemporary Chinese Literature

Module Title Contemporary Chinese Literature
Module Level Level 4
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

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.