January 2022

Lu Xun

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-262


Lei Ying (Section 01J)


Here is an invitation to the literary world of Lu Xun, the iconic writer of 20th-century China, a relentless critic and a man of spiritual anguish. Besides delving into Lu Xun’s different periods and genres of writing, we will also read a constellation of writers who have been in dialogue with Lu Xun: his younger brother and the humanist essayist Zhou Zuoren, the gifted female writer Xiao Hong, and the storyteller of China’s southwest hinterland Shen Congwen. In taking a close look at select authors, the course familiarizes students with enduring issues in the study of modern Chinese literature.

All readings are in English. Prior knowledge of modern China is preferred but not required. Requirements include short reflection papers, an oral presentation, a character analysis, a book review, and a final exam. Daily meeting throughout the January term. Remote instruction.

January Term. Professor Ying.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Writing, Online Only, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2021-22: Offered in January 2022, Spring 2022
Other years: Offered in January 2022