Instructor: Zou, Zhen
A-F only, prereq Chinese 3032 or equivalent or instructor consent, 3.0
This course will expose advanced students to various contemporary Chinese
writings and improve their ability to read Chinese literary works in
and write articles in Chinese.
The hope is that this will inspire students to further explore contemporary
Chinese literature and culture. 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 while, at the same time, we will also
try to explore the Chinese cultural and philosophical meanings found
those works. The course will be taught in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).
Class URL: http://www.all.umn.edu/chinese_language
Class time: 40% lecture, 50% discussion, 5% laboratory,
5% Internet reading, film viewing, skits.
Work load: 8 pages of 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
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