Gender in Chinese Literature (CHNS3634)


Recent research on gender and related issues in Chinese cultural context has profoundly influenced conventional ideas about the roles of both women and men in the Chinese world. This unit of study will illustrate the value of gender-sensitive scholarship analyzing gender roles as portrayed literary texts. Students will learn fresh approaches to the study of Chinese society and culture by examining representations of gender and sexuality in Chinese literature. The class will focus primarily on modern Chinese literature but key pre-modern texts and ideas will also be introduced.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1500wd essay (30%), 2xoral presentations (equivalent to 1000wds total) (15%), 5x500wd total short writing assignments (10%), 1x1.5hr final exam (35%), class participation (10%)

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(12 Senior credit points from Chinese Studies) or (12 Senior credit points from Asian Studies)

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