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Chinese Literature and Modernity (6 points)


Leader: Gloria Davies

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will introduce students to twentieth-century Chinese literature in its political, historical and cultural contexts. It will also examine and compare Chinese and Western cultural values and expectations and ask how Chinese literature is received in the West. What is the relation between Chinese literature and "third-world literatures"? What ideological assumptions are implicit in Chinese literary representations of "China" and "the Chinese" and do these differ from Western representations? What differences are there between Chinese and Western representations of modernity?

Assessment: Essay (2250 words): 50% + Class project (equivalent 2250 words): 50%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

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