Course syllabus


Welcome to "Chinese Modern Literature I" at Dalarna University


You need to register to the course via Studentwebb ( before the class starts. If you are a new student at Högskolan Dalarna, your log-in information will be sent to you at the latest in the week before the course begins.

Are you ready to start learning with us?

This is a comprehensive language course and you are going to learn the Chinese language through intensive training of listening, speaking, reading, writing and intercultural communication!

Since it is a web-based course, all the lectures and examinations are carried out in our virtual classroom, Zoom. Our daily communications are performed in a web-based platform, Learn. In other words, you don't need to attend any campus classes or activities physically at Dalarna University.

If you are new to distance education, or you've never had experience with virtual (online) classrooms, please read the following information carefully before the course starts.

Zoom, our virtual classroom:

How to use ZOOM

Learning mode and attendance

This course emphasizes on continuous assessments and students have to attend all the seminars in order to pass one stage of study to the next. Meanwhile, you will have to hand in assignments each week.

Contact information

Finally, please feel free to contact the instructor for any questions regarding this course!

Instructors: Lung Lung Hu (

For questions regarding administration or registration, please contact


There is no textbook of this course. We have our own lecture notes and course materials of every week. The reference books in the literature list are not compulsory, you can choose to purchase them or not. 

Q and A

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Course schedule

Chinese Modern Literature will start from Week 36 to Week 45.

The first seminar will be held on Sep 3rd, Tuesday, from 10:00 to 12:00.

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KI2001 has 7 seminars from week 36 to week 43 (From Week 37 to Week 41, seminars are 2.5 hours):

w36  Sep 03rd Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 

w37  Sep 10th Tuesday 09:30 - 12:00 

w38  Sep 17th Tuesday 09:30 - 12:00

w39  No class

w40  Oct 01st Tuesday 09:30 - 12:00 

w41  Oct 08th Tuesday 09:30 - 12:00 

w42  Oct 15th Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

w43  Oct 22th Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

w44-45 Final Paper Writing 


Literature and Revolution

Week 36

‘What is Literature?’ in “Literary Theory – An Introduction” by Terry Eagleton

A History of Modern Chinese Fiction Chapter 1: Literary Revolution

Chinese Traditional Culture

Literary theory

Week 37

<狂人日记> 鲁迅Madman’s Diary

The Influence of Western Literature on Lǔ Xùn's 'Diary of a Madman' (by J. D. Chinnery)

A History of Modern Chinese Fiction Chapter 2: Lu Xun

‘Literature’ in “Marxism and Literature” by Raymond Williams

Nation and Individule

Literary theory

Week 38

 <沉淪> 郁達夫: “Sinking”

The Distant Shore: Nationalism in Yu Dafu's "Sinking" (by Kirk A. Denton)

A History of Modern Chinese Fiction Chapter 4

Literary Theory Chapter 5 – Psychoanalysis by Terry Eagleton

Ethnic Minority Group

Literary theory

Week 40




 <丈夫> 沈从文:“The Husband”


A History of Modern Chinese Fiction Chapter 14

Literary Theory Chapter 2 - Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Theory by Terry Eagleton

Women and Chinese Family

Literary theory

Week 41:

<金锁记> 张爱玲:“The Golden Cangue”

An Adlerian Analysis of the Problematic Mother-Daughter Relationship in Eileen Chang's The Golden Cangue and Elfriede Jelinek's Die Klavierspielerin

A History of Modern Chinese Fiction Chapter 15

Literary Theory Chapter 3 - Structurism and Semiotics by Terry Eagleton

Chinese Modern Literature after 1949 – Mainland

 Literary theory

Week 42

(Guest Lecture)

Brief introduction of Chinese Modern literature in Mainland China after 1949 – As illustrated by Revolution Literature

Chinese Modern Literature after 1949 – Taiwan

 Literary theory

Week 43

Brief introduction of Chinese Modern literature in Taiwan after 1949 –

<冬夜> 白先勇: “Winter Nights” (Mainlanders' Nostalgic Writing)

<儿子的大玩偶> 王祯和: “His Son’s Big Doll” (Nativist Literature)

Realism and Naturalism


Modernism and Postmodern


Students are required to read the course materials before seminars. During the seminar, students need to express their opinions and discuss with the teacher and other classmates. Except for assignments, students will also be asked to do an individual or a group presentation.  

Course summary:

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