Spring 2018, Topics in Translation: Modern Chinese Narrative , LIT 3801 01
(LIT 3801 01)

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This class will present a survey of the major authors and trends in Chinese narrative from the late 1910’s to the present. Students will read and study examples of Chinese narrative from various genres including short stories, novels, and reportage literature. The class will discuss how the fictional works reflect and offer critical commentary on social, political, and economic events in contemporary Chinese history. In addition, we will look closely at how each individual Chinese writer endeavors to develop an artistic voice amidst the country’s struggle to establish and develop its national identity. We will examine the impact that political ideologies and Chinese government policies such as political censorship have had on the development of modern Chinese narrative. Viewing of Chinese films and readings of current literary criticism will also support study of the works. No prior knowledge of Chinese language or history is required.

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