University of Technology Sydney

97110 Twentieth Century Chinese Fiction

8cp; 3 x 2hr tutorials/week; availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
Requisite(s): 97109 Chinese Mass Media OR 97112 Chinese Film


This subject is taught in Chinese.


This subject is designed for students who are proficient in Chinese (native or near native speakers of Modern Standard Chinese). It provides an opportunity to critically examine the dynamic relationship between social change and literary expression and apply high-level critical thinking and analytical skills to the exploration of the lives of Chinese people and Chinese society in both modern and contemporary China. Through the exchange of ideas and in-depth interpretation and examination of literary works, students develop their awareness and appreciation of some of the most influential Chinese writers and their literary works from the 20th century. Assessments focus on skills of critical literary analysis and the social and historical contexts of literary works and call on students to demonstrate research, analysis and creativity. Students approach fiction through intercultural perspectives, not only grasping the discourse of the work as it is anchored in Chinese political, cultural and social milieus, but also engaging with it as a reader outside China.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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