Singapore University of Social Sciences

20th Century Chinese Literature (1) (20世纪中国文学史 (1))

20th Century Chinese Literature (1) (20世纪中国文学史 (1)) (CHS201)


CHS201 examines the general situation and important works of writers in the field of Chinese literature from 1917 to 2000, highlighting the literary trends of thought, literary movements and literary creation. Students will attain a general and overall understanding of the development process and basic characteristics of Chinese literature in the 20th century, recognise and evaluate the works of important writers in various periods from the perspective of history and aesthetics and comprehensively analyze the general situation of important writers’ literary works and their ideology and status in literary history. This instalment covers the following topics: trends of thought, novels and new poems.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Introduction 导论
  • Trends of Thought (1) 思潮(一)
  • Trends of Thought (2) 思潮(二)
  • Trends of Thought (3) 思潮(三)
  • Trends of Thought (4) 思潮(四)
  • Novels (1) 小说(一)
  • Novels (2) 小说(二)
  • Novels (3) 小说(三)
  • Novels (4) 小说(四)
  • New Poems (1) 新诗(一)
  • New Poems (2) 新诗(二)
  • Summary 总结

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the literary phenomenon of Chinese literature in the 20th century
  • Examine the historical significance of various literary trends and schools of thought in 20th-century Chinese literature
  • Discuss the formation process of the characteristics and styles of Chinese literature in the 20th century
  • Analyze the characteristics of Chinese literature in the 20th century
  • Illustrate the writing profiles of important writers and their status in literary history
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct a comprehensive and in-depth analysis and evaluation of the ideological and artistic characteristics of important works
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