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Exploring Taiwan through Literature and Film


Admission requirements



In this course, we will explore Taiwan, its history, society and culture, through literature and film. The course covers topics such as modernism and nativism, nostalgia, ethnicity and identity politics, and remaking Taiwaneseness. A more detailed course description will be made available later.

Course objectives

To be announced.


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Mode of instruction


Tentative schedule:

Week 1: Introduction: a historical overview of Taiwan

Week 2: The Nationalist and Socialist Paradigm: Lai He and Yang Kui

Week 3: Modernism and Imperialism: Weng Nao, Yang Chichang, and Zhou Jinbo

Week 4: Poeticizing National Trauma: Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A City of Sadness

Week 5: Modernism and Its Discontents in Taiwan in the 1960s: Qideng Sheng, Wang Wenxing, and Wang Zhenhe

Week 6: Nativist Literature and Vernacular Memory in the 1970s: Huang Chunming, Chen Yingzhen

Week 7: Urban Literature and Postmodern Taipei: Huang Fan and Zhu Tianwen

Week 8: Confronting Modernity: Edward Yang’s A One and A Two

Week 9: The Political Aesthetic of Nostalgia: Tsai Ming-Liang’s Goodbye Dragon Inn

Week 10: Articulating Ethnicity and Identity Politics: Zhu Tianxin, Topas Tamapima

Week 11: Remaking Taiwaneseness: Wei Te-sheng’s Cape No. 7

Week 12: Wuxia Redux and Transnational Cinema: From King Hu to Ang Lee

Assessment method

To be announced; will include a final essay.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading List

To be announced.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. P.Y. Lin