Instructor: Zou, Zhen
Prerequisite: Four years of college Chinese or equivalent or instructor consent, 3.0
This course will expose advanced students to contemporary Chinese
short stories, novelettes, and prose writings since 1949 to the present. The purpose of this course is to train students' ability to read authentic Chinese literary and cultural works on their own.
Our hope is to inspire students to further explore contemporary
Chinese literature, culture, and society. The texts selected
reflect Chinese society since the early 1950s. The lectures
and discussions will focus on 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
those works. The course will be taught in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin).
Class URL: http://www.all.umn.edu/chinese_language
Class time: 30% lecture, 65% discussion, 5% laboratory,
Internet reading, and film viewing.
Work load: Approximately 30 pages of Chinese reading per week, 10 pages
of writing per semester, 2 exams, 1 final paper.
Grade: 15% class participation; 20%
quizzes, homework, Chinese web project, and reading report;
15% mid-term exam; 20% final exam; 30% final paper.
Exam format: Answering questions, essay
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