Textbooks and Grading

Listed below are textbooks for this seminar. Other short reading assignments are available online when you click the links embedded in tentative schedule page.

  • Pa Chin. Family. transl. and preface by Olga Lang; Double-Day 1972. ISBN: 0881333735
  • Gao, Xingjian. Soul Mountain. Perennial 2000. ISBN: 0-06-093623-1
  • Lu Xun. Selected Stories of Lu Hsun. Cheng & Tsui, ISBN: 0-917056-71-X or Selected Stories by Lu Xun. introduction by Ha Jin. Norton. ISBN: 9-7803-4300848-7
  • Yu, Hua. China in Ten Words. transl. by Allan H. Barr, New York, Pantheon Books, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-307-37935-1
  • Yu, Hua. To Live. Transl. by Michael Berry, New York: Anchor Books, 1993. ISBN: 1-4000-3186-9

Grading

  • Class attendance is mandatory; it counts 40% of the grade and is taken in the forms of a short quiz (true/false and multiple-choice) on and a summary (under one page) of the reading and viewing assignments. No late work is accepted except in cases of sick leave or family emergency.
  • Four (2000 words) papers, 40%. The paper is an exercise of your skills in critical analysis and literary interpretation. As a literary critic, you need to interpret the ideas present in a literary text, discuss the author’s aesthetics (the art or way s/he organizes his or her material). Every time you introduce a fictional detail or scene, some significance has to be attributed to it by way of analysis or interpretation. You need to write formally instead of the way you speak; and you need to proofread to eliminate typos and grammatical errors. A title is absolutely necessary and it should nicely sum up your review like a cap-stone, therefore, must be more meaningful than “the first paper”. References to secondary readings by critics are not necessary but greatly encouraged if their interpretations and critical perspectives influence your take on a certain work. Submit your review in Word as email attachment.
  • Final, which counts for 20%, may be a take-home and open-book test to identify and interpret short excerpts taken from primary literary texts.

Grades and scores

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1 1164464 90 80 95  90 100 70 75 100 95
2 1162387 100 72 100  70 100  80 80 90 85
3 1168144 100 100 100 80 100 90 100 100 100
4 1163296 0 60 0 30 95 50 100 90 95
5 1163203 90 65 100 60 100  70 90 70 90
6 1166385 100 93 100 90 100 90 90 100 95
7 1166002 100 100 100 100 100 90 95 100 95
8 1168956 100 80 100 90 100 80 100 100 100
9 1163598 90 80 90 90 100 100 95 100 95
10 1164846 100 51 100 80 100 90 85 80 90
11 1167622 70 45 70 50 70 90 80 80 0
12 1167796 75 65 90 50 80 90  80 80 85
13 1168256 0 93 0 90 0 0  0 0 0
14 1169523 90 90 90 70 100 100 100 80 100
15 1167988 100 65 90 30 80 60 0 0 85

Grades and scores

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1 1164464 83 95  90 100 70 75 100 95
2 1162387 100 100  70 100  80 80 90 85
3 1168144 83 100 80 100 90 100 100 100
4 1163296 100 0 30 95 50 100 90 95
5 1163203 50 100 60 100  70 90 70 90
6 1166385 83 100 90 100 90 90 100 95
7 1166002 83 100 100 100 90 95 100 95
8 1168956 75 100 90 100 80 100 100 100
9 1163598 92 90 90 100 100 95 100 95
10 1164846 83 100 80 100 90 85 80 90
11 1167622 83 70 50 70 90 80 80 0
12 1167796 83 90 50 80 90  80 80 85
13 1168256 50 0 90 0 0  0 0 0
14 1169523 83 90 70 100 100 100 80 100
15 1167988 58 90 30 80 60 0 0 85