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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part IB

Course Description 2023-24

This course enables students to read modern Chinese writings, both literary and non-literary. Information about authors, the background, and the linguistic and stylistic features of the texts is provided as appropriate. The purpose is to give students experience of intensive and extensive reading. Students read unabridged texts from beginning to end, thus increasing their vocabulary and familiarity with modern written Chinese and advancing their understanding of aspects of Chinese historical and cultural experience in 20th-century and contemporary China.

Form and Conduct

The paper consists of three literary and non-literary passages from unspecified modern Chinese texts for translation into English. Candidates are required to attempt all questions, which are of equal value. Copies of the Xiandai hanyu cidian will be provided.


This description is subject to change, for the latest information, students should consult the Undergraduate Handbook available on the Faculty Intranet.

Terms taught
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter