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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Chinese Literature and Film
Module Code ZH290
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Qi Zhang
Semester 2: Qi Zhang
Autumn: Qi Zhang
Module TeachersQi Zhang
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to introduce students to Chinese literature and cinema, and to bring students to a deeper and critical analysis of the literary and cultural value of reading literary texts and media information in the original language. The module shows the value of translation as an aid to intercultural communication and prepares students to appreciate the differences between Chinese and Western literature and films.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse basic Chinese literary texts and images.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the main issues discussed in texts and the media.
3. Identify and analyse key concepts in Chinese literature and cinema.
4. Discuss a Chinese literary text or image and argue a point of view.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Intereactive group sessions
Independent Study101Study of language and reading prescribed text and assignment work
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The historical development of Chinese literature and Chinese language cinema, with a focus on the contemporary literary texts and films. The distinct language form of literary Chinese, diverging from spoken Chinese. The Chinee manner of structuring stories, and the linguistic and non-linguistic means of conveying information in Chinese films. Comparison of the experience of reading texts in Chinese and in English translation; comparison of the experience of reading Chinese literature and of watching the adapted films. The perceived exoticism of Chinese literature and films.

Audio/Visual Presentations
Audio/visual materials, including a series selected Chinese films, will be used and analysed.

In addition to the lectures, a series of seminars will provide the opportunities to students to discuss the selected example texts and films and deepen the understanding of Chinese literature and cinema.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reflective journaln/a50%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Eoyang, Eugene Chen: 1993, The Transparent Eye: reflections on translation, Chinese literature and comparative poetics., University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu,
  • Lao, She (translated by Shi, Xiangzi): 2005, Camel Xiangzi, The Chinese University Press,
  • Brownell, S. and Wasserstrom, J.N.: 2002, Chinese femininities, Chinese masculinities: a reader [electronic resource],
  • Miller, B.S. (ed): 1994, Masterworks of Asian Literature in Comparative Perspective: a Guide for Teaching., M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, N.Y.,
  • Yingjin Zhang: 2004, Chinese National Cinema, Routledge, New York and London,
  • Simon Fowler: 2010, 101 Essential Chinese Movies, China Economic Review Publishing, Hong Kong,
Other Resources

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HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Date of Last Revision07-NOV-11

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