Course Code


Course Name

Advanced Chinese Literature Seminar


Tuesday 10:30am-1:15pm


CKB 108


GAO Yunwen

Teaching Assistant

MIAO Zixin

Course Description

This course considers the configuration of space, place, and identity in relation to languages, gender, and social class in Sinophone literature and culture. Engaging the issues of multiculturalism, linguistic plurality, narrative heteroglossia, and transnational
im/mobility. This class probes the concept of the Sinophone and how it relates to, complicates, and challenges China and Chineseness. What is the Sinophone? How does it inform our readings of texts produced outside and on the margin of China and Chineseness? In challenging existing centers of power and hegemony, does the Sinophone form new centers? How does migration during different time periods and across different space shape the cultures of these Sino phone sites? Building on recent scholarship on Sinophone studies, this course draws on postcolonial and postmodern theories to examine a culturally and geographically diverse body of contemporary Sinophone fiction and film.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Course Overview and Explanation of Syllabus

Week 2: Space and Place

Week 3: Hong Kong as Space and Place I

Week 4: Hong Kong as Space and Place II

Week 5: Hong Kong as Space and Place III

Week 6: Hong Kong from an Outsider’s View I

Week 7: Hong Kong from an Outsider’s View II

Week 8: Hong Kong from an Outsider’s View III

Week 9: Taiwan as a Colonial Space I

Week 10: Taiwan as a Colonial Space II

Week 11: Taiwan as a Colonial Space IIII

Week 12: Presentations (Group 1)

Week 13: Presentations (Group 2)

Assessment & Assignments

Participation and Preparation (15%)

Two Discussion Leads and Discussion Board Posts (30%)

Preliminary Presentation of Seminar Paper (15%)

Seminar Paper (40%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.