31191 - Chinese Literature 2

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Modern Chinese Literature

Course contents

We shall examine the radical changes occurred in the last fifty years. Besides literary texts, we shall watch movies that well reflect such changes (Jia Zhangke's The World, Lou Ye's Tuina, Xu Tong's "Cut Out of the Eyes" among others) and explore works from contemporary art and photography. As far as literary texts, we shall read stories from "root-seeking literature", "avant-garde fiction", neorealism, the Rupture movement, the Nobel prize Mo Yan and the Franz Kafka Award Winner Yan Lianke.  


Nicoletta Pesaro e Melinda Pirazzoli. La narrativa del novecento. Roma, Carocci, 2019 (seconda parte)

Melinda Pirazzoli. Breaking Up From What? The Corporeal Politics of Values in the Duanlie yundong (Rupture Movement), Annali di Ca' Foscari, vol. 55

Robin Visser, Cities Surround the Countryside (prima parte). Durham, Duke University Press, 2010.

Pozzana Claudia e Russo Alessandro, Nuovi poeti cinesi, Torino, Einaudi, 1996.

Testi di lettura obbligatori:

Zhu Wen, Dollari, la mia passione (ILove Dollars)  Gottardo M. e Morzenti M. tr., Milano, Metropoli d'Asia, 2019.

Yu Hua, Cronache di un venditore di Sangue (Chronicles of a Blood Seller), Masci M. R. Feltrinelli, 2018

Su Tong, Mogli e concubine (Raise the Red Lantern) , Masci M. R., Milano, Feltrinelli, 1996.

Mo Yan, Le sei reincarnazioni di Ximen Nao (Life and Death are Wearing Me Out), Liberati P. tr. , Torino, Einaudi 2006 o in alternativa Le rane Liberati P. tr. , Torino, Einaudi, 2009

Yan Lianke, Il sogno del villaggio dei Ding (Dream of Ding Village Regola L. , MILANO, Nottetempo, 2013

Wang Gang, English, Gottardo M. Morzenti M., Milano, Neri Pozza, 2007.

Teaching methods


Assessment methods

Written exam

Office hours

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