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Modern Chinese Literature and Exile


Admission requirements



Literature in exile and exile in literature are of all times and places. Chinese examples abound, from antiquity to the present day. What does an exile perspective – theoretical, literary-textual, sociological – tell us about modern Chinese literature and its social, political, and cultural contexts? Is this a ‘Chinese’ story, or is it universal?

Course objectives

  • familiarity with the broad contours of modern Chinese literature

  • in-depth understanding of the exile experience in this literature and at large

  • reflection on the above two points within an area studies framework

  • development of graduate-level academic skills such as reading and listening critically and analytically; formulating research q uestions; identifying, evaluating and organizing information; oral and written presentation; awareness of methodological, theoretical, and practical issues


The timetable is available on the Asianstudies website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours = 280 hours

  • Class sessions (13 X 2 hrs) = 26 h

  • Preparation (13 x 8) = 104 h

  • Brief written work (three position papers) = 30 h

  • Oral presentations (two presentations) = 40 h

  • Term paper = 80 h

Assessment method

  • Three brief position papers for a total of 30% of the final mark

  • Two oral presentations for a total of 30% of the final mark

  • One term paper for 40% of the total mark

Exam Review

Students may request an oral elucidation of the assessment within 30 days after publication of the grade.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Course material, as applicable

  • Uploading assignments

Reading list

The course material is available from the University Library (including a number of items on reserve), and from the World Wide Web. The MCLC Resource Center is an excellent website on modern Chinese literature ( Prior to the first class session, students should acquaint themselves with the MCLC literature bibliographies.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in [English]) and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Prof. dr. Maghiel van Crevel