Instructor: Zou, Zhen
Prereq: Chinese 3032 or equivalent or instructor
consent; 3.0 cr
This course will expose advanced students to various Chinese writings
and improve their ability to read Chinese literary work in the original.
We will study literary writings of different styles in modern China,
including short stories, essays, poems, and excerpts of novels, mostly
written during the first half of the twentieth century, especially from
the late 1910s through the late 1940s, a peak time of twentieth-century
Chinese literature. These writings reflect both a changing Chinese society
Chinese intellectuals’ efforts
to awaken the Chinese general public and to bring China into the modern
world. Some works by female writers will be included to encourage students
to rethink the issues of memory and representation. The lectures and
discussions will focus on the use of the language, the contents of the
texts, and the Chinese cultural and philosophical messages found in those
works. The hope is that this will inspire students to further explore
modern Chinese literature and culture. 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, 2 exam(s), 1 final project.
Grade: 10% class participation; 15% essay writing; 35%
quizzes, homework, skit writing, Chinese web exploration, 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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