Course Information
Course title
Introduction to Historical Fictions in Postwar Taiwan 
Semester
106-2 
Designated for
 
Instructor
RONG-BIN CHEN 
Curriculum Number
TwLit1034 
Curriculum Identity Number
145 10440 
Class
 
Credits
2.0 
Full/Half
Yr.
Half 
Required/
Elective
 
Time
Thursday 6,7(13:20~15:10) 
Remarks
The upper limit of the number of students: 30. 
Ceiba Web Server
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1062TwLit1034_hisfic 
Course introduction video
 
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Course Syllabus
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Course Description

The brutal struggle between free will of humanity and historical force has long been a controversial and intriguing subject in the discussions of literature. The point, however, lies not in which side wins eventually, but in exploring what happens in the process of struggle. Viewed from the perspective of literary development, it is quite clear that each different literary movement in postwar Taiwan provides their own unique understanding of the relationship between man and history, between social agency and historical transformation, and ultimately between history and fiction.
This course will be divided into four parts, and each of them dealing with specific historical issues or events. Historical Figures Fictionalized, the first part, deals with how historical figures, such as Song Qingling [宋慶齡] and Chen Yi [陳儀], are treated in fiction. History and (Post-)Colonialsim, the second part, as well as History and Politics, the third part, both try to discuss how past experiences have been represented from different ideological point of view by different writers. Finally, History and Social Movements, the fourth part, will take a close look at how writers explain the failure (or success) of certain social movements after they have long perished. In short, all the four parts try to explore the complicated interactions among history, human experience, and literary mind. 

Course Objective
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Course Requirement
1. Class attendance is always important, and unexcused absences will affect grades.
2. Grades will be computed according to the following: mid-term paper (30%), final paper (30%), oral presentation and class participation (40%).
3. All participants are required to submit midterm and final papers with the minimum length of 3 pages of typed A 4 paper (single-spaced, 5 pages maximum).
4. In most cases, midterm and final papers are written on the basis of oral presentations, but the writing should follow the academic format with which the students are the most familiar (for example, MLA or APA).
5. The frequency of oral presentations will depend on the number of the students who are enrolled in. 
Office Hours
 
References
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Designated reading
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Grading
   
Progress
Week
Date
Topic
Week 1
3/01  Introduction 
Week 2
3/08  "Winter Night": May Fourth and Moden China 
Week 3
3/15  "Azaleas Wept Blood": (Un)Reason and Revolution 
Week 4
3/22  The Orphan of Asia: A (Post)Colonial Historical Fiction 
Week 5
3/29  "The Country Village Teacher": War and Madness 
Week 6
4/05  Spring Break 
Week 7
4/12  "A Pilgrimage to the Mountains": Decolonization and Beyond 
Week 8
4/19  "The last hunter" 
Week 9
4/26  Midterm Exam Week 
Week 10
5/03  "The Huang Su Chronicle": The 228 Incident 
Week 11
5/10  "The Dragon Inn": The 1949 Great Retreat 
Week 12
5/17  "1230 Spots": Korean War and Taiwan 
Week 13
5/24  "The State Funeral": My Father and the Republic 
Week 14
5/31  "Red Boy": A Student Movement Torn between Right and Left 
Week 15
6/07  "Nixon's Press Corps": Witnessing the Great Cultural Revolution 
Week 16
6/14  "Night of the Great Retreat": Sunflower Movement and Taiwan's Future 
Week 17
6/21  "The General's Monument": Thinking about History 
Week 18
6/28  Final Exam Week