Course Information
Course title
Introduction to Historical Fictions in Postwar Taiwan 
Semester
106-1 
Designated for
VARIOUS PROGRAM  PROGRAM IN TAIWAN STUDIES  
Instructor
RONG-BIN CHEN 
Curriculum Number
TwLit1034 
Curriculum Identity Number
145 10440 
Class
 
Credits
2.0 
Full/Half
Yr.
Half 
Required/
Elective
Elective 
Time
Monday 3,4 
Remarks
The upper limit of the number of students: 60. 
Ceiba Web Server
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1061TwLit1034_histor 
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
 
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.
 
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