ENG4321 - East-West Comparative Literature

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 will investigate some critical concepts and literary theories in the context of East-West Comparative Literature. We will attend to problems and validity of applying Western theoretical models such as Romanticism, tragedy, comedy, to Chinese literature, and to what poetics means in relation to analysis of Chinese and English literary texts.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. distinguish generic and thematic differences between Western and Chinese literature as genre, and describe how a Western genre can influence an Eastern one or vice versa;

  2. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts underlying East-West comparative study approaches to literature and the ability to identify the difference between them;

  3. acquire the knowledge of the key forms and terminologies of comparative literary theories and demonstrate a capacity to apply them to texts;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating an 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 acquired both within and outside of literary study context.