Howard Chang 張華
Ken Su 蘇錦坤
Course Description for Fall 1997
COMP_LIT Comparative Literary Studies Program 274-3: Introduction to Chinese Literature
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Comparative Literary Studies Program B74-3-20: CHINESE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION : MODERN CHINESE LITERATURE
Instructor: Wen-Hsiung Hsu
Office address: Room 348 Kresge Hall, 1880 Campus Dr., Evanston Campus 2209
Office Hours: MW 4:00-5:00
Expected Enrollment: 40
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Modern Chinese literature in large measure reflects the writers' response to the challenge of Western cultures and the transformation of their society as well as national character. This course will trace the major trends in Chinese literature since the literary revolution in the 1910's. Before 1949 social realism was the prevalent theme in fiction and was perhaps best represented in the works of Lu Hsun, Lao She, and Pa Chin, authors whose writings we shall read during the first part of the quarter. We shall also consider the influences of nationalism, Western romanticism, symbolism, and modernism on the 20th century Chinese fiction and poetry. Since 1949 Chinese literature in the People's Republic of China has largely become the literature by the people, for the people, and of the people, while writers in Taiwan have continued to reflect the changing society under the influence of Western cultures. At the end of the quarter we shall assess literature in the PRC and Taiwan to get a balanced view of modern Chinese literature.
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites; no knowledge of Chinese required.
TEACHING METHOD: A syllabus detailing the schedule of lectures and readings will be given to the class at its first meeting. The course will involve lectures and discussion.
EVALUATION METHOD: Participation in class discussion, one mid-term, one take-home exam, and one short term paper (6-8 pages).
READING: Lu Hsun, Diary of a Madman
Lao She, Rickshaw
Pa Chin, Family
Joseph Lau, et. al. eds., Modern Chinese Stories and Novellas
Kai-yu Hsu, ed., Literature of the People's Republic of China
RESTRICTIONS: P/N is not allowed.