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ChinaX Book Club: Five Authors, Five Books, Five Views of China

Harvard University via edX

Overview

How can literature and literary analysis allow us to understand the dynamics of contemporary China? ****

China’s historical and cultural transformations, and its imaginary and actual engagements in everyday life are vividly dramatized by five Chinese authors featured in this course. Taught by Harvard faculty member Professor David Wang, this course will employ the tools of close reading, discussion, and analysis to explore issues that concern the Chinese people, and ponder the power (and limitations) of literature in imagining China anew.

Featured Books and Authors ****

  • China in 10 Words by Yu Hua (ISBN: 978-0-307-73979-7)

  • Red Sorghum: A Novel of China by Mo Yan (ISBN: 978-0-14-016854-9)

  • Lenin's Kisses by Yan Lianke (ISBN: 978-0-8021-2177-6)

  • Waiting by Ha Jin (ISBN: 978-0-375-70641-7)

  • The Song of Everlasting Sorrow by Wang Anyi (ISBN: 978-0231143431)

This course features interviews and discussions with the authors. More Information about each of these authors is available in the syllabus.

Taught by

David Wang

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