• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course introduces students to the most important Chinese fiction works of the twentieth century. This period witnessed the most momentous changes in Chinese society and its relations to the world. These ruptures are reflected in the style, content, readership and authorship of literature. This course examines how literature transforms and mirrors reality creating multiple “fictions” and multiple realities. Authors covered in this course include: Lu Xun, Yu Dafu, Mao Dun, Ding Ling, Mo Yan and Wang Anyi. The major themes of the course include: arguments about Chinese identities, the nexus between propaganda and literature, relations between men and women, tensions between tradition and modernity, literature as dissent, “Chinese” cosmopolitanism and Chinese “fictions” in Australia. English is the language for instruction and for all readings.

Indicative Assessment

Essay (30%), Tutorial Presentation (30%), Final Exam (40%).

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2 lectures, one tutorial per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA2003.

Prescribed Texts

McDougall, B. and Louie, K., The Literature of China in the Twentieth Century, Columbia University Press, 1999.
Supplementary text: Link, P., The Uses of Literature in the Socialist Chinese Literary System, Princeton University Press, 2000; Louie, K., Between Fact and Fiction: Essays on Post-Mao Literature in China, Sydney: Wild Peony, 1989; Widmer, E. & Wang, D. (eds), From May Fourth to June Fourth, Harvard University Press, 1993.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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