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Chinese Language and Literature ( Ph.D. )

1. Training/Research Orientation

  • Literary Criticism
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Philology
  • Chinese classical documents studies
  • Classical Chinese literature
  • Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Comparative Literature and World Literature
  • Applied Stylistics
  • International Chinese Education

2. Program Duration and Credit

Three years generally, the maximum school years are not longer than 7 years (including the extension time).
20 credits of courses in total, at least 12 credits of academic courses.

3. Core Courses and Introduction

Introduction to Canons of Chinese and Foreign Literature
In this course, doctor candidates armed with a solid foundation of literature knowledge and good cultivation of literary theory, are supposed to read and study a series of classical critical and theoretical documents to broaden their academic vision, improve their analytic and research skills for Chinese and foreign literary and cultural phenomena. All these efforts will make a sound theoretical preparation for the writing of dissertation for doctor degree.
The course content is as follows:

  • Emerging from the Horizon of History: Modern Chinese Women’s Literature by Meng Yue, and Dai Jinhua
  • Translingual Practice: Literature, National Culture, and Translated Modernity—China, 1900-1937 1st by Lydia Liu
  • The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition by Meyer H. Abrams
  • The Rise of the Novel by Ian Watt
  • Aspects of the Novel by E M Forster
  • Orientalism by Edward W. Said
  • The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar
  • The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism by Daniel Bell
  • The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism by Fredric Jameson
  • Five Faces of Modernity: Modernism, Avant-garde, Decadence, Kitsch, Postmodernism by Matei Calinescu

Academic Frontiers of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
This course focuses on the history of Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature, with the concern of the “current” academic frontier problems as an entrance. The course will lay emphasis on grasping the newest research trends in such research fields as the history of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, the trends and schools of modern Chinese literature, writers and works of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, some typical literary phenomena of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, and contemporary literary criticism and contemporary literary theory. Furthermore, the course will also attach importance to discussing the newest and hottest academic problems in the field of the academic critical history of modern and contemporary Chinese literature.
It aims to cultivate doctor candidates’ problem awareness in professional knowledge, theoretical thought and research methods, improving their comprehensive research ability. Furthermore, it helps broaden doctor candidates’ vision in studying modern Chinese literature history, promote their reflections on some macroscopic problems about the literary history, and their academic level in microscopic analysis of specific literary works.

Western Literary Theory and Criticism Studies
The objective of this course is to help doctor candidates systematically learn the developing course of western literary theory and criticism, master those representative literary critics and their masterpieces in different eras, and know well their theoretical perspectives, critical methods and discourse system. All these efforts will contribute to establishing solid foundations for doctor candidates in their following literary study.
The course content includes:

  • Introduction:The history of western literary theory and literature criticism, its current situation and problems
  • British literary theory and criticism
  • Russian literary theory and criticism
  • The Literary theory and criticism of other European countries
  • American literary theory and criticism
  • the conceptions, appoaches and discourses of Western literary theory and criticism

The major reference book is A History of Modern Criticism(vol.1-8,1955-1992) by Rene Wellek (1903-1995).

Literary Criticism and Methods
The course focuses on explaining and discussing those theoretical and methodological problems in literature studies. Its objective is to inspire doctor candidates’ thoughts, improve their creative and problem-solving abilities, and facilitate their perception of the newest research achievements and the academic frontiers.
The course mainly adopts a supervisor-centered teaching approach. Every doctor candidate is supposed to submit a reading report per month and then discuss them together. The content of the course is as follows:

  • The aesthetic foundation of literary studies,focusing on Plato, Kant, Husserl, Laozi, Zhuang Zi and Confucius
  • The history of literary theory and methods, including the trend of literary thoughts, modern and contemporary critical theory, and the evolution of Chinese literary theory
  • Key reference books:Critical Theory since Plato ,Beijing University, 2006; Notes for the Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons: A Study of Thought and Pattern In Chinese Literature, The People's Literature Publishing House,2006

Modern grammatical theory
The course aims to offer the system introduction and comparison on the current domestic and international influential theories of grammar, especially focusing on the source of genres, the basic theories and methodologies, contributions, limitations and so on. The main contents include the basic domestic researches on current grammar, including formal syntax, the subtypes of functional grammar, universality and individuality between grammatical theories, specific application of analytical methods and so on. The course will help learners to master grammar theory systematically, use a variety of grammatical analysis skillfully and study modern Chinese grammar in detail.

4. Supervisors

Dongqing Luo, Chongcai Zhu, Qiang Zhang, Yiming Yang, Baojia Li, Weiguang Qu, Dandan Liang, Wentao Gu, Lili Liu, Chaodong Xu, Zhenhong Hua, Zhiqiao Dong, Wen Pan, Yanan He, Shengqun Zhao, Xiaodong Fang, E Wang, Feng Gao, Baiqi Pan, Keqian Xu, Shulu Chen, Zhenzhen Zhong, Xinhua Cao, Jie Cheng, Qing Wang, Zhongming Li, Xiaojin Zhu, Hongcheng Yang, Yongnian Gao, Ping He, Guilin Tan, Jiezhi Wang, Lixin Yang, Xiaochang Ding.