John Berninghausen

Truscott Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies

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CHNS 0360 / LITS 0360 - Intro To Lit Theory      

Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism
An overview of various literary theories and critical approaches to the reception and analysis of literary texts, this discussion-based seminar will introduce concerns central to Western literary theories while familiarizing students with contemporary critical terminology. From Aristotle's Poetics to postmodernism, from issues of "literariness," authorial intention, hermeneutics, and narrative angle to the premises and practices of Russian formalist, "new critical," structuralist, Freudian, Marxist, feminist approaches, etc., we will study short theoretical and critical essays in conjunction with literary works by Coleridge, Lu Xun, Dickens, Natsume Soseki, Henry James, Hwang Chunming, Borges, Kafka, and others. Narrative prose fiction is the main focus. Discussion-based, senior-junior seminar. (Minimum of three college-level literature courses required; priority enrollment given to seniors and juniors majoring in Chinese and Literary Studies, or by waiver) 3 hrs. sem.

Fall 2010

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CHNS 0500 - Independent Project      

Senior Essay
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010

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CHNS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2010

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Expertise and Research Interests

Chinese fiction of the Twenties and Thirties
Twentieth-century Chinese politics and aesthetic movements Twentieth-century western literary theory and criticism
The history of traditional Chinese ink painting
Twentieth-century classical ink painting