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