CHI 2054 – Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature

In this introductory survey of the literature of twentieth century China, students will read English translations of representative works by major writers from primary literary genres, while selected documentaries and feature films will enrich students' reading experience. This course offers literary and historical background in the periods from the 1910s, the May Fourth Movement, the Anti-Japanese War, the socialist construction, the Cultural Revolution, to the liberalization of the post-Mao era. The approach will sensitize students to radical changes in Chinese society, and help them appreciate the artistry and diversity of modern literary works. IV