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Chinese 4041, Fall 2011

Instructor: Wang, Ling


A-F only, prereq Chinese 3032 or equivalent or instructor consent, 3.0 cr

This course will expose advanced students to various contemporary Chinese writings and improve their ability to read Chinese literary works in the original and write articles in Chinese. The hope is that this will inspire students to further explore contemporary Chinese literature, culture, and society. In this course we will study literary writings of different styles in contemporary China, including short stories, essays, and poems written since 1949 to the present. These writings reflect Chinese society since the early 1950s. The course will also expose students to newly emerged Internet writing. The lectures and discussions will focus on the use of the language, the contents of the writings, and their reflection of contemporary Chinese society. At the same time, we will also try to explore the Chinese cultural and philosophical meanings found in those works. The course will be taught in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).
Class URL: http://www.all.umn.edu/chinese_language
Class time: 60% lecture, 30% discussion, 5% laboratory, 5% Internet reading, film viewing, skits.
Work load: 6 pages of Chinese reading per week, 10 pages of writing per semester, 4 tests, 1 final project.
Grade: 10% class participation; 15% essay writing; 35% tests, homework, Chinese web project, and oral report; 10% mid-term exam; 15% final exam; 15% final project.
Exam format: Fill in blanks, answering questions, essay writing.


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