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ASIAN 1112 - FWS: Allegories of Identity in Stories by Lu Xun and Feng Jicai

Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

First-Year Writing Seminar.

D.X. Warner.

In times of national crisis, in times of cultural soul-searching, what role can literature play? Two celebrated Chinese writers of the twentieth century, Lu Xun (1881-1936) and Feng Jicai (1942-), sought answers to this question at pivotal historical moments, each contributing to his generation’s search for a Chinese modern identity by writing stories. While both writers wrote in the mode of “literary realis,” representing people’s everyday experiences “as they really were in read life,” they also employed allegory to embed other levels of meaning, figurative or symbolic, within their “true-to-life” narratives. Investigating, interpreting, and learning to write about these different levels of meaning will be the goal of our class lessons and discussions, our writing exercises and assignments.

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