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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2006

CHI 384 • Development of the Literary Field in Modern Chinese Societies

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31660 M
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
NOA 1.110

Course Description

Over the past three decades, the surge of commodity market first in Taiwan and then in the People's Republic of China has created tremendous impact on the modes of Chinese cultural production. This phenomenon has made the history of development of a relatively autonomous, market-oriented literary firld in modern Chinese societies, a history that has been repeatedly interrupted by war, revolution, and other types of drastic changes in the political realm, a topic of central concern for scholars in the field today.

This course intends to search for a heuristically viable analytical frame capable of accounting for recurring features in Chinese literary of different historical epochs: China's Republic Era, colonial and postwat Taiwan, and post-Mao and post-Tian, and People's Republic. In particular, it attempts to address issues revolving around the intricate forms of coexistence, competition, and inter-penetration among different types of legitimacy principles-the political, the cultural, and the economic-within the Chinese literary field.

Grading Policy

Class participation/presentation 50% Papers 50%


Readings for the class will include theoretical writings in English, as well as representative literary works and scholarly essays written in the Chinese language.


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