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Department of Chinese Literature

Department of Chinese Literature


Brief Introduction


National Tsing Hua University has been located in Hsinchu since 1955. The Department of Chinese Language and Literature, established in 1980, was the University’s first department in the humanities. It offers courses and programs leading to B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, with specializations in the following areas: Classical Chinese literature, Chinese intellectual history, Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature, literary theory and cultural studies.
In 1995, the Department was renamed “The Department of Chinese Literature”. Although the new emphasis is on literature, the Department provides the same level of core linguistic training as before.
In the context of globalization, teaching and research on Chinese language and civilization have become increasingly important in many parts of the world. The Department of Chinese Literature at the National Tsing Hua University enjoys the reputation of being innovative in its curriculum development and of continuously expanding into new research areas. In the new millennium, it is committed to further globalizing its curriculum and research programs to make a significant impact not only on the Chinese-speaking scholarly world but also on Sinological
studies around the globe.
To facilitate this, the Department of Chinese Literature is taking steps to develop an academic network for effective cooperation in the areas of teaching and research. Its goal is to become an internationally renowned center for Chinese Studies.


Faculty and Staff


Chen, Jue Professor ( Ph. D., Princeton University )Tong Chuanqi, Medieval Chinese Cultural History, History of Sinology
Chen, Shu-Fen Associate Professor ( Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, U.S.A. ) Chinese Linguistics, Linguistics of the Buddhist Sutras, Sanskrit-Chinese Transliteration
Chien, Liang-Ju Associate Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan University and Beijing Normal University ) Book of Odes, Literary Mind and the Craving of Dragons, Pre-Qin Thought
Chu, Hsiao-Hai Professor ( Ph.D., University of Hong Kong ) Literature of the Six Dynasties, Excavation Documentation and Intellectual History of the Pre-Qin Period and Han Dynasty
Chu, Ping-Tzu Associate Professor ( Ph.D., Harvard University, U.S.A. ) Chinese Intellectual History, Neo-Confucianism
Guan, Kean-Fung Associate Professor ( Ph.D., National Chengchi University ) Modern and Contemporary Literature, Malaysia-Chinese Literature
Hsu, Ming-Chuan Assistant Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan University ) Tang Poetry, Six Dynasties poetry, Chinese Classical Poetics
Huang, Kuan-Yun Assistant Professor ( Ph.D., The University of Chicago, U.S.A. ) Paleography, Newly Excavated Texts, Confucian Classics, Sinology
Lee, Chen-Hui Associate Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan University ) Song Dynasty Literature, Chinese Classical Prose
LEE, Hsin-Hsi Assistant Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan University ) Composition of Classical Poetry, Tang Poetry
Lin, Tsung-Shun Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan Normal University ) Han Dynasty Confucianism, Metaphysical Schools of Wei Jin, Ming Qing Thought
Liu, Cheng-Hui Professor ( Ph.D., Ohio State University, U.S.A. )  Chinese Grammar, Historical Linguistics
Liu, Jen-Peng Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan University ) Cultural Studies, Gender Studies
Liu, Zheng-Zhong Associate Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan University ) Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Modern Prose, Song Poetry
Nabeshima, Asuka Assistant Professor ( Ph.D., Nishogakusha University, Japan ) Chinese Studies in Japan, Ming Philosophy, Chinese Classics
Skonicki, Douglas Edward Associate Professor ( Ph.D., Harvard University, U.S.A. ) Song Intellectual History
Tsai, Ying-Chun Professor ( Ph.D., University of Warwick, England, U.K. ) Classical Chinese Poetics, Modern Literary Theory, Classical Chinese Literature
Yang, Chia-Hsien Assistant Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan University ) Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Yang, Rur-Bin Professor ( Ph.D., National Taiwan University ) Body Theory, Mythology and Chinese Philosophy, Song Ming Neo-Confucianism


        professional degrees and prepares them for future careers not only in such professions as teaching and creative or professional writing, but also in a variety of cultural services including news reporting and publishing. The Department also contributes to the University’s general education program, benefiting almost every student on campus by offering courses in Classical literature, developing students' reading and writing skills, increasing their understanding of their cultural heritage, and fostering their creative and critical thinking skills.

       One of the Department’s strengths is its diversity: it offers a wide range of core courses in classical literature, intellectual history, traditional Chinese philosophy, Modern-Contemporary Chinese literature, cultural studies, literary theory, traditional philology, contemporary linguistics, and writing and composition. In order to strengthen students' competitiveness in the job market, the Department further offers a variety of elective courses such as journalistic writing, cognitive psychology, and children's literature. In addition, students are encouraged to take courses from other departments and colleges, such as the Program of Information and Communication Media and the Teacher Education Program. Students of the Chinese Department may also choose to double major in another discipline on campus.

     The Department works in collaboration with two other graduate institutes: The Institute of Linguistics and The Institute of Taiwanese Literature. It is an excellent choice for students interested in classical literature as well as in Modern Taiwan literature, or for those who would like to study new critical perspectives alongside the traditional literary canon.


Graduate Requirements


Undergraduate Program

The Department of Chinese Literature offers a four-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature. Students must complete a minimum of 128 credits, 107 of which must be earned by taking the Department’s required courses. The remaining 21 credits are to be earned by taking elective courses. These elective courses may be from offerings in the Chinese Department or in other departments.

Graduate Program

In addition to completing a thesis (M.A.) or dissertation (Ph.D.), twenty-four course credits are required to graduate from the M.A. program, whereas eighteen credits are required to obtain the Ph.D. All graduate courses are elective, worth three academic credits, and last for one semester. Ph.D. students must also pass a general examination in three separate fields within three years of enrolling. The student’s advisor shall determine the three fields of the exam on the basis of the student’s research topic and dissertation prospectus.

The curriculum for M.A. and Ph.D. students is divided into four fields of specialization: Classical literature; intellectual thought; linguistics; and the study of Contemporary literature and culture. The curriculum is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of these fields. Students may also choose courses from different fields in order to develop breadth in Knowledge and a diversified perspective.


Financial Aids


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Contact Information


Chairman:Liu, Cheng-Hui


Address:No. 101, Section 2, Kuang-Fu Road, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013, R.O.C. Department of Chinese Literature



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