CHIN 463 History of Chinese Literature: From the Yuan to Recent Times
TTh 1:30-3:20 [Remote]
SLN 12498 VLPA
Asian empire, struggling nation-state, standard-bearer for international revolution, global superpower, far-flung diaspora—as the Chinese nation and Chinese culture have developed over the centuries, literature has served as a guide, a reflection, a challenge, an escape. This course traces Chinese literary history from the Yuan dynasty to the early 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, attend lectures, contribute to discussion, complete quizzes, and take a midterm and a final. Optional W credit for a final research paper.
Course Components and Assessment
This syllabus and schedule are subject to modification at the instructor’s discretion. All changes will be announced in class and posted to Canvas.