Singapore University of Social Sciences

Modern Chinese Literature of Singapore (新加坡现代华文文学)

Modern Chinese Literature of Singapore (新加坡现代华文文学) (CHS303)

Synopsis

CHS303 introduces students to the 100-year history of Chinese literature in Singapore from 1919 to 2019, providing a general overview and important works of writers, covering literary trends, literary movements and literary creation. Students will have a deeper understanding of the development of Chinese literature in Singapore. They will also be able to examine and appreciate the works of important writers in various periods from the perspective of history and aesthetics. We will also evaluate the ideological and artistic characteristics of important works.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January

Topics

  • Diaspora literature and Chinese Writers in Singapore 侨民文艺与中国南来作家
  • Localization of Literature 文学本土化
  • Left-wing Literary Movement 新华左翼文学运动
  • Influence of Left-wing Literary Movement on Singapore Chinese Literature 新华左翼文学运动对新华文学的影响
  • Anti-Japanese literature 抗战文学
  • Anti-war literature 反战文学
  • Realism Poetry 现实主义诗歌
  • Modernism Poetry 现代主义诗歌
  • Patriotic Literature 爱国文学
  • Nation building Literature 建国文学
  • (Scar) Literature of the wounded 新华伤痕文学
  • Ecology writing, city and island writing 生态书写、城市与岛屿书写

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the literary phenomenon of modern Chinese literature in Singapore
  • Distinguish the historical significance of various literary trends and schools of thought of modern Chinese literature in Singapore
  • Illustrate the formation process of the literary characteristics and styles of modern Chinese literature in Singapore
  • Analyze the characteristics of the development of modern Chinese literature in Singapore
  • Appraise the literary works of selected writers and their status in literary history
  • Apply knowledge learnt to evaluate the ideological and artistic characteristics of selected works
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