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CHIN 463 A: History of Chinese Literature

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Meeting Time: 
MW 3:30pm - 5:20pm
LOW 101
John Christopher (Chris) Hamm

Syllabus Description:

CHIN 463 History of Chinese Literature: From the Yuan to Recent Times
MW 3:30-5:20
SLN 12211 VLPA

Prof. Chris Hamm
Gowen M235; office hours M,W 1:30-2:30 pm via Zoom

Chinese 463 introduces the history of Chinese literature from the Yuan dynasty through the beginning of the 21st century, focusing on the development of fiction and literature in the vernacular. The flamboyant Ming romance The Water Margin (水滸傳), Lu Xun’s incisive critique of Chinese society in “Diary of a Madman” (狂人日記), Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan’s hallucinogenic visions of The Republic of Wine (酒国)—we will read selections from these and other works in English translation, and examine their connections with their historical contexts and developing literary traditions.

Recommended for anyone with an interest in Chinese literature, culture, or history. No prerequisites, though previous coursework in literature or any aspect of China studies will enrich your experience in the course. All readings and coursework are in English. Students are required to prepare assigned readings, participate in class discussion, post weekly reading responses, complete two short writing assignments and a class presentation, and take a midterm and a final. Optional W credit for a final research paper. 

Course Objectives

Remote Learning


Policies and Student Responsibilities

Course Components and Assessment

In-class participation and discussion 5%

Quizzes 20%

Online discussion 30%

Midterm (20%) and Final (25%)

Optional research paper

Late or missing work

Grade conversion

Texts and Readings

Lecture Slides

Tentative Schedule

This syllabus and schedule are subject to modification at the instructor’s discretion. All changes will be announced in class and posted to Canvas.

Catalog Description: 
Chinese literature from the Yuan to recent times. Offered: WSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
February 26, 2020 - 9:50pm