Topics


Topics that will be discussed include:

  • historical and critical-theoretical frames for the mapping of anglophone Hong Kong literature
  • different kinds of representation and narrative
  • locations, spaces, subjects
  • languages and voices

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Objectives


Students will identify key issues in the subject area, and discuss these issues in relation to larger historical and cultural frames, and the broader map of postcolonial literature and theory. Students who have experience reading British, American and other anglophone literatures will explore how this course opens up ways of thinking about texts that are uniquely local and encourages them to reflect on the place of English language imaginative writing in their everyday lives.

 

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Outcomes


At the end of the course, you will

  • develop an historical overview of anglophone Hong Kong literature
  • learn the outstanding themes and issues of anglophone Hong Kong literature
  • appreciate different approaches to and points of view on the outstanding themes and issues
  • demonstrate an understanding of cross-cultural engagements in literary imaginations of Hong Kong
  • question received images of ‘traditional’ and ‘contemporary’ Hong Kong,  egs. ‘colonial enclave’, ‘cultural desert’, ‘meeting place of east and west’, ‘vibrant financial hub’
  • appraise critically different literary forms eg. poetry, fiction, first-person narrative, third-person narrative
  • develop conversance with changing uses of English in different literary texts

 

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Organisation


The three timetabled hours will be used for lectures and workshops/tutorials.

 

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Assessment


Coursework accounts for 100% of your grade and will depend on:

 

Oral Participation

 
  • attendance and participation in lecture discussion
5%
  • Tutorial presentations and participation in group discussion
30%

 

Quiz

 

10%

 

Writing Assignments

 
  • Online entries and discussion
10%
  • Term Paper
45%

 

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Texts


www.HONGKONG-ENGLISH-LIT.NET

A Reader containing texts for which copyright permission has been received will be made available at the end of August.

 

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Last updated: 31 August 2015