ALC 315

Narrative and Nation in Modern Chinese Literature

This course is a survey of major works of literature from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan produced between the late Qing period and the 1980s. Students become familiar with prominent themes of Chinese literature from the turbulent 20th century, examining the works for what they have to say about such topics as modernity, tradition, gender and subjectivity. The goals of this course are to 1) become familiar with the most critically acclaimed literary voices of the modern period; 2) to identify dominant themes in the literature of the period and examine what they say about what it means to be human; 3) to develop skills in critical reading, thinking and writing.