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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3130 Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama

20 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Lan Yang

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Year abroad Chinese

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide an introduction to the development of vernacular fiction and popular theatre in China from the medieval period to the end of the 19th Century through the reading of selected excerpts from short stories, novels and plays.

Learning outcomes
- To gain a basic appreciation of some classic works in Chinese fiction and drama which are still widely read today;
- To gain an enhanced ability to read and appreciate modern Chinese literature through reading works which have greatly influenced the Chinese literary tradition;
- To gain a basic understanding of the linguistic and stylistic differences between the pre-modern Chinese vernacular language and the modern language.


The following Chinese texts will be read in detail:
- the short story Nianyu guanyin (The Jade Guanyin);
- chapters from Shuihu (The Water Margin), Xiyouji (The Journey to the West), Honglou meng (The Dream of the Red Chamber) and Lao Can youji (The Travels of Lao Can);
- and acts from the plays Dou E yuan (The injustice to Dou E) and Mudan Ting (The Peony Pavilion).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours173.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for seminars
- Background reading
- Preparation for assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through participation in regular seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 woords20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:13


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