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This subject examines developments in contemporary Chinese literature, seeking to place these in the context of cultural discourses that emerged in China after 1949. The texts studied in the subject will be primarily selected from representative contemporary literary works, but will also include political and other writings from different stages in the history of the People’s Republic of China, which form a context for the present. Through the study of these texts, students will develop their ability to understand both Chinese language at an advanced level and also different forms of contemporary Chinese literature, as well as becoming familiar with a variety of social and cultural issues in contemporary China and how these relate to developments after 1949.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to analyse contemporary Chinese literary texts on a wide range of topics at a high level of complexity from original works and newspapers;
- be able to deploy more specialised vocabulary and complex sentence structures to discuss contemporary Chinese literary works and their social and cultural backgrounds orally and in writing;
- be able to write Standard Chinese in a variety of styles;
- have acquired a deeper understanding of contemporary Chinese literature;
- be able to understand and analyse important social and cultural issues in Post-1949 China;
- Have developed research skills to find information from various sources, including library and the internet.
On completion of this subject, students will have:
- developed critical thinking and analytical skills in the study of social and cultural issues in contemporary Chinese society;
- acquired communication and public speaking skills through class discussion;
- acquired some skills in social and cultural analysis;
- acquired attentiveness to detail through essay preparation and writing;
- acquired time management skills through managing their workload.
Last updated: 29 July 2022