Spring 2024

Lu Xun and Modern China

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-361


Lei Ying (Section 01)


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, the storyteller of China’s southwest hinterland Shen Congwen, and the Taiwanese Marxistwriter Guo Songfen. In taking a close look at select authors, the course helps students gain methodological awareness in the study of modern China.

All readings are in English. Prior knowledge of modern China is preferred but not required. Requirements include short reflection papers, oral presentations, a character analysis, a book review, and a final paper that involves independent research. Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Ying.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, visual analysis

ASLC 361 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM WEBS 103
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM WEBS 103


Other years: Offered in Spring 2015