ENG3320 - Hong Kong Literature in English

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module aims to relate postcolonial thinking to Anglophone literature emanating from Hong Kong. Its thrust is to dissect and explore the implicit meanings evident in the use of the English language by native Hong Kong writers as they expound the identity of Hong Kong. Students will be introduced to writing of Hong Kong native writers such as Xu Xi and Louise Ho as well as expatriate writers who choose to write in Hong Kong and will consider how such adaptations result collaterally in cultural displacements, diasporic experience and a linguistic identity crisis, which leads to the consideration of whether a uniquely Hong Kong cultural identity may be said to emerge ex post facto from the postcolonial situation, or whether a hybrid identity existed prior to the political upheaval of 1997.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a capacity to identify, discuss and apply relevant critical and theoretical concepts and terms pertaining to orientalism, postcolonialism and globalisation etc, and to relate them to their appropriate cultural and literary-historical contexts;

  2. demonstrate a basic knowledge and ability to identify and distinguish formal aspects as well as the literary, political and historical contexts for the selected Anglophone writing of Hong Kong from 1945 to present, and to apply the knowledge to interpretation of it;

  3. acquire a basic awareness and the ability to pinpoint, analyse and debate the key social, cultural and political issues of the range of literary texts chosen, in relation to their theoretical and ideological assumptions in order to understand the intersecting impulses, priorities and characteristics of any given decades in between the period of 1945-present;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating a sustained and informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.