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John C. Hamm
CHIN 580
Seattle Campus

Readings in Vernacular Chinese Fiction

Directed study of selected works of premodern vernacular Chinese narrative, with an emphasis on Ming and Ch' ing fiction. Introduction to various critical approaches to the study of Chinese narrative.

Class description

This introduction to the Chinese vernacular tale (huaben) will combine close reading of texts from various collections with a survey of the relevant scholarship in Western and Asian languages. Topics will include the history and evolution of the genre, the relationship between oral and written literature, Ming book culture, the narrative rhetoric of vernacular fiction, and the representation of gender. Students will be expected to prepare readings in Chinese and English, give in-class presentations, and submit a final research paper. Recommended prerequisites are four years’ college study of modern Chinese (or the equivalent), one year of classical Chinese, and previous coursework in literary studies. Contact the instructor for add codes.

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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: 06/13/2007