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

Fall 2009

CHI 340 • Modern Chinese Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31560 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
CAL 323

Course Description

This is a fourth-year level Chinese language class. To enroll in this class, students should have an equivalent of three years of college-level Chinese language education at an American institution. If you are not sure whether you are at the right level for this class, please contact the Instructor by e-mail. The class will read prose works selected from the Republican Period of modern Chinese history (1919-1949). Readings will include stories written by such important authors as Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Mao Dun, and Zhang Ailing. Class time will be divided between translation and linguistic analysis of pre-assigned parts of the texts, and discussion of these texts as cultural and literary products within the particular socio-historical contexts. While English translation of the stories will be included in the course packet to facilitate literary discussion, the students are responsible for looking up in dictionary every word of the assigned passages and know their exact meaning and correct pronunciation before coming to each class. Class performance counts 45% toward the final grade. Three equally weighted tests, consisting of both the language and the literature components, will be given. Each student will be asked to do one oral report during the semester. More than three absences in the entire semester will significantly affect the final grade.

Grading Policy

45 % Preparation and participation in class discussion 45 % Tests (15% each) 10 % Oral report


Lu Xun xiao shuo ji, vocabulary: selected short stories of Lu Xun Course packet


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