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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3080 Chinese Literature 1912 - 1949

10 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr David Pattinson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 2 of Chinese Degrees or Equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should have improved their understanding of modern Chinese language and literature through a detailed study of works of fiction and literary essays from the Republican period (1912 - 1949).

Students should have enhanced their ability to read sophisticated Chinese and discuss works of literature from this period in their literary, political or cultural contexts.

Learning outcomes
Upon completing this module, students will have:
- developed a basic appreciation of some important themes and genres in Chinese literature during the Republican period, and understand how they were a response to the cultural, political or social context of the time;
- gained a sense of the resources writers drew upon as they sought to develop a Chinese literature for the modern world;
- enriched their knowledge of the modern Chinese language through reading selected texts from this formative period in its development;
- enhanced their ability to read traditional Chinese characters.


In this module students will read in Chinese from a selection of literary works such as short stories and essays by prominent writers of the Republican period (1912 - 1949). Authors to be studied may include Lao She, Ding Ling, Shen Congwen, Zhang Tianyi, Ba Jin, Zhou Zuoren or Feng Zikai.

In addition to close reading of the selected works and analysis of their literary qualities, there will also be opportunities to discuss these works in their cultural, political or social context.

Students will be expected to read related works of literature in translation and secondary sources about the literature of the time.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

65 hours preparation for seminars
15 hours exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1 x Coursework essay of up to 1,000 words

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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: 29/04/2022 15:23:30


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