Special: Reading Modern Chinese Literature III

Special: Reading Modern Chinese Literature III

CLASS FULL. Please contact [email protected] to be put on the waitlist.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm
10 sessions (20 hours)
April 12 – June 14
Tuition: $465 members / $505 non-members
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

While China’s long poetic tradition holds an important place in the nation’s literary canon, it is its prose that most acutely portrays life in China’s modern era. Like novels and short stories, Chinese essays have the unique ability to capture some of the most poignant themes of this modern age: crisis and conflict, wars and revolution, the struggle for social justice and identity in modernization.

In Part III of this series, the course will introduce the eminent essayists whose works are good representation of essays as an accomplished genre of modern Chinese literature between 1940 and 2000. These works were the witness to an era full of upheavals due to tremendous changes in political and intellectual environments, social-economic conditions, and in cultural tradition and behaviors.

This is an advanced level reading class in Mandarin for students who have met the prerequisite of two years of Chinese language study or equivalent with interests in Chinese literature, comparative poetics, intellectual history, linguistics and the practice of translating world literature.

Weekly Reading Schedule:

Week Author Selected Essays
1 巴金 《随想录》选
2 杨绛 《吾先生》《第一次观礼》《控诉大会》
3 夏衍 《无题》,《懒寻旧梦录》选
4 梁实秋 《学问与趣味》
5 余光中 《催魂铃》《三间书房》《假如我有九条命》
6 汪曾祺 《老舍先生》,《跑警报》,《胡同文化》
7 艾青 《忆白石老人》
8 流沙河 《随笔》选
9 董桥 《也谈花花草草》, 《没有童谣的年代》, 《中年是下午茶》
10 木心 《明天不散步了》, 《上海赋:亭子间才情》


Steve Zhang
received graduate degrees in history and classical studies. He has extended experiences in teaching Chinese at all levels and as well as in curriculum design. He has published on literature, history and culture in mainland, Taiwan and the United States and served on the board of editors for translation series Approaching China. He is currently a professor of Chinese language and culture at SUNY after years of lecturing at various schools such as City University of New York, Fordham University, Saint Mary’s College and University of Minnesota. He joined China Institute in 2005.

Thursday (Class Full)
Instructor: Steve Zhang