Truscott Professor Emeritus of Chinese Studies
Courses offered in the past four years.
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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.
CHNS 0500 - Independent Project
CHNS 0700 - Senior Essay
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