CHI 340 • Prose Writings by Lu Xun
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
The class will read selected prose writings by Lu Xun (1881-1936), who is considered by many to be the most important modern Chinese writer, and whose trenchant cultural criticism exerted influence over several generations of Chinese intellectuals. Class time will be divided between close reading and analysis of the Chinese texts and discussion of Lu Xun's ideas and writing styles. In addition, a few representative English-language background readings and critical studies of Lu Xun will be assigned. This course is part of the CHI 340 series on Advanced Chinese Language and Literature that are designed to enhance the students knowledge of Chinese literature, culture, and history through an in-depth examination of the primary texts. To enroll in this class, a student should have completed three years of college-level Chinese language courses at an American institution, or their equivalents. Heritage students with an equivalent knowledge in the Chinese language and a serious interest in learning about the subject may also be eligible to enroll (please email the instructor for details). Class preparation and participation are extremely important. More than three absences will significantly lower your final grade.
Class preparation 35 % Participation in class discussion 15% Tests and papers 50%
Xeroxed course packet. Leo Ou-fan Lee, Voices from the Iron House: A Study of Lu Xun. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. Lee, Leo Ou-fan, ed. Lu Xun and His Legacy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.