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Research on Chinese Texts II


Monday 8:30am - 11:15am




Dr. Siyi Li

Teaching Assistant

Hu Yijun

Liu Songyu

Course Description

This course is designed to help Chinese studies majors in their junior and senior years fulfill their immersion studies requirement. The selected texts for this course vary according to the instructor’s research expertise and students’ research interests. There will be workshops helping students identify major journals and archives in Chinese language, pick relevant research texts for close reading, write a bibliographical essay, and present on the topic based on the selected reading. The class will be conducted in both Chinese and English to accommodate students’ language proficiency.

Course Outline

Week 1           Course Overview

Part One. May Fourth Literature & Culture

Week 2           Lu Xun I: the failed Enlightenment

Week 3           Lu Xun II: the Self-paradox of the Subject

Week 4           Shen Congwen: the possibility of the Lyrical Tradition

Week 5           Qu Qiubai & Xu Zhimo: intellectuals’ travel writings

Week 6           Feng Zikai & Zhu Guangqian: artist vs scholar

Week 7           Academic Writing workshop

Part Two. Post May Fourth Literature & Culture

Week 8           Self-awakening or Self-deception since the 60s

Week 9           the Rise of Anti-enlightenment in the 90s

Week 10         the Alienation in the new century 2000s~

Week 11         Taiwan Literature: Bai Xianyong & Zhu Xining

Week 12         Hong Kong Literature: Xi Xi & Liu Yichang

Week 13                     Research Week, No Class

Week 14 & 15            Final Project Presentation

Assessment & Assignments

1) Attendance and Participation (15%) 

2.1) Discussion Facilitation (10%) 

2.2) Reading Report (15% each –30% total) 

3) Final Project (45% total) 

Honesty in Academic Work

Before submitting all written assignments, first upload them to the VeriGuide system (, obtain the Veriguide receipt, sign it, and attach it to the paper copy submission of your essay on the final submission date noted in the schedule. Any cases of plagiarism will be severely penalized and reported to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, which could result in failure or expulsion from the University. Please refer to the website: for instruction on how to use Veriguide.