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Writers and critics in China have contested over the orientation, evaluation and canonization of modern Chinese fiction from its very beginning in the late 1910s. This picture is further complicated when Western-trained literary scholars critique modern Chinese fiction from different analytical perspectives. Throughout the course we will explore the ideological and aesthetical considerations that inform modern Chinese fiction as well as the criteria Chinese and Western scholars apply in their analyses. To that end we will study not only a wide range of modern Chinese stories and novellas but also different approaches to modern Chinese fiction adopted by Chinese, European and American scholars with different ideological and aesthetical affiliations. In so doing students will learn how the field of modern Chinese fiction is formed and approached. Given the politicization of modern Chinese fiction and its close relationship with its historical environment, the study of the formation of the field and the different approaches to this field will also help students understand modern Chinese society and how modern Chinese society is studied with modern Chinese fiction as a reflection of the society. In addition, this course will also help students appreciate the roles their own cultural backgrounds play in their approach to modern Chinese fiction.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Reading Literature (RL) Context of Experience: World Cultures (WC) Extended Requirement: Not Applicable
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: East Asian Studies 250 Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 1 Number of Seats: 30
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