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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Gloria Davies


Previously coded CLS3160


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?


Essay (2250 words): 50%
Class project (equivalent 2250 words): 25%
literature review (equivalent 1125 words): 25%. Third-year students will be invited to show a greater degree of theoretical reflection in their projects.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Comparative literature and cultural studies
Chinese studies
Asian studies