Singapore University of Social Sciences

Chinese Writers and Singapore in the Early 20th Century: Selected Writers (20世纪上半叶中国南来作家与新加坡)

Chinese Writers and Singapore in the Early 20th Century: Selected Writers (20世纪上半叶中国南来作家与新加坡) (CHS202)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Synopsis

The early 20th century was an era of great changes for China. Decaying feudal dynasties were falling apart in ancient China, and the May 4th Movement that followed ushered in a new era of modern Chinese literature. At the same time, China's civil wars continued and were followed by a long war of resistance against Japanese invasion. The turbulent situation resulted in a large number of Chinese authors leaving the country, some of them to Southeast Asia. Of those who came south, some left a temporary footprint, while others took root and stayed in the Nanyang, but a common trait is that they all contributed to the development of Southeast Asian Chinese literature, probably even societal progress, through their literary creations or their publication or editorship of local Chinese newspapers. CHS202 Chinese writers and Singapore in the early 20th Century: Selected Writers will introduce the literary creation and social participation of selected Chinese authors living in Singapore during this period, and explore their historical contributions to the development of Singapore's Chinese literature and societal progress.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Background and historical factors of Chinese writers’ migration to Singapore in the early 20th century
  • Chinese writers in Singapore and their contributions to the development of Singapore’s Chinese literature, society, education, culture and politics
  • Zhang Shu’nai(1895 – 1938)张叔耐与《新国民日报》(1919年抵新)
  • Zeng Shengti(1901 – 1982)曾圣提与《文艺周刊》(1922年抵新)
  • Tan Yunshan(1898 – 1983)谭云山与《叻报 - 星光》(1924年抵新)
  • Ye Ni (1913 – 1989) 叶尼与《没有男子的戏剧》(1936年抵新)
  • Yu Dafu(1896-1945)郁达夫与《星洲日报》(1938年抵新)
  • Hu Yuzhi(1896-1986)胡愈之与《南洋商报》(1940年抵新)
  • Li Rulin (1914 - 1991) 李汝琳与《漩涡》(1947年抵新)
  • Yao Zi(1920-1982)姚紫与《秀子姑娘》(1947年抵新)
  • Lien Shih Sheng (1907-1973)连士升与《海滨寄简》(1947年抵新)
  • Ly Singko(1914-1996)李星可与《政论选集》(1949抵新)

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the characteristics of the literary works of Chinese writers in Singapore.
  • Analyse the impact of Chinese writers in Singapore on the development of Singapore’s Chinese literature, society, education, culture and politics.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of literature through critical reading of the works of Chinese writers in Singapore in the early 20th century.
  • Appraise the characteristics of the literary works of Chinese writers in Singapore in the early 20th century.
  • Comment on the relationship between Chinese writers in Singapore and the development of Singapore’s Chinese literature, society, education, culture and politics, and their contributions.
  • Apply concepts and theories learnt to make sense of Chinese literature in Singapore and the region.
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