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John C. Hamm
ASIAN 204
Seattle Campus

Literature and Culture of China from Tradition to Modernity

Introduction to modern Chinese literature in its cultural context. Texts in English translation.

Class description

Asian 204 is designed to introduce students to representative works of twentieth-century Chinese fiction and film. Students will also gain a background knowledge of modern Chinese history, and develop skills in analyzing and enjoying literary and cinematic texts.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course consists of lectures, film viewings, general discussions, and in-class small group work.

Recommended preparation

A204 is designed for undergraduates with little or no previous coursework in the humanities or Chinese studies. There are no prerequisites for the class. No Chinese is required; the course is taught in English. Success depends on the students' ability to master a body of factual information, willingness to engage thoughtfully and creatively with the texts examined, and dedication to improving analytic and expressive skills.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by John C. Hamm
Date: 02/13/2007