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Undergraduate Course: Modern China in Literature and Film A (ASST08055)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will examine the representation of modern China in both literature and film from the cultural renaissance of the 1910s and 1920s, through the upheavals of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).
Course description Topics covered will include the emancipation of women, youth and age, sex and love, literature and dissent, literature and power. The course will stress the close ties that have existed between the worlds of literary and cinematic creativity throughout this period.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Other Study Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 142 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Weekly film screenings
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 Long Writing Assignment (1500 - 2000 words) 50%
1 Exam 40%
Participation mark for exercises during the year 10%
Feedback Formative feedback exercise.
Feedback on coursework essay.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop insights into one of the world's major civilisations in its modern transformation
  2. Understand the importance of literary productivity in different political systems
  3. Understand how film has been used for propaganda purposes in different periods of modern Chinese history.
  4. Use communicative skills of writing and discussion
  5. Write critically about both film and literature
Reading List
Hsia, C.T. A History of Modern Chinese Fiction 1917-1957, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1961. PL2442Hsi.
Lim, Song Hwee and Julian Ward eds. The Chinese Cinema Book London: Palgrave Macmillan 2011
McDougall, Bonnie S. and Kam Louie, The Literature of China in the Twentieth Century London: Hurst, 1997. PL2303Macd.
Spence, Jonathan The Gate of Heavenly Peace, London: Penguin, 1981. DS775.7Spe.
Yu, Hua China in Ten Words New York: Pantheon Books, 2011 PL2928.H78 Yu.
Zhang Yingjin, ed. A Companion to Chinese cinema Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. PN1993.5.C4 Com.
Mostow, Joshua S. ed. The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian literature New York. Columbia University Press, 2003 2 copies REFERENCE: Ref.PL493 Col. RESERVE: PL493 Col.
Wang, David Der-wei 'Chinese literature from 1841 to 1937' in The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, Volume 2: From 1375 Cambridge University Press pp. 413-564. Available in electronic form via university library website.
Anderson, Marston The limits of realism: Chinese fiction in the revolutionary period, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1990. PL2442And
Denton, Kirk ed. Modern Chinese literary thought: writings on literature, 1893-1945 Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996. PL2302 Mod
Larson, Wendy Women and Writing in Modern China Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. PL2278 Lar
Lee, Leo Ou-fan, ed. Lu Xun and his Legacy Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985. PL2754.S5 Lux
________Voices from the Iron House: A Study of Lu Xun Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. PL2754.S5LU
Wang, David Der Wei Fictional realism in twentieth century China: Mao Dun, Lao She, Shen Congwen Columbia University Press, New York, 1992. PL2442 Wan.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course aims to develop insights into one of the world's major civilisations in its modern transformations; to develop an understanding of 20th China through two of its chief modes of expression. The course aims to develop the communicative skills of writing and discussion.
Course organiserDr Xuelei Huang
Tel: (0131 6)50 8985
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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