Discover Chinese Drama: Understanding 'The Injustice to Dou E' Course - National Chiao Tung University


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Program Description


Explore the origins and development of Chinese drama in this course examining the classic play 'The Injustice to Dou E'.

Explore the wonders of Chinese literature in the time of the Yuan dynasty

Chinese drama is a brilliant crystallisation of Chinese performing arts, and ‘The Injustice to Dou E’ is one of the genre’s greatest examples.

This thirteenth-century play remains a much-quoted classic in China, and – with its startlingly realistic portrayal of injustice in the Yuan dynasty – still captivates modern audiences.

On this course, you’ll study the history and development of Chinese drama, learning how to define and analyse Zaju opera, and ultimately closely examine the famous play itself.

What topics will you cover?

  • The History and Definition of Chinese Drama
  • Development of Chinese Drama
  • The Characteristics of Yuan Zaju
  • Characters and Plot of Yuan Zaju
  • The Plot of The Injustice to Dou E

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Reflect on the meaning of justice through the study of Injustice to Dou E.
  • Explore the historical background of Yuan Zaju.
  • Compare the idea of justice of ancient China and other countries.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone wishing to know more about the development of Chinese drama, the history of the Yuan period, or explore the performance of Zaju.

What software or tools do you need?

You will be invited to post your creative ideas on Padlet, an online virtual ‘bulletin’ board, where we can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures. But don’t worry, clear instruction will be given on how to use these tools as we go along. See you in class!

Who will you learn with?

Tsui-fen Jiang

Tsui-fen Jiang, Professor of English at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. Her speciality is Modern Drama.

Who developed this course?

National Chiao Tung University

National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) was originally founded in Shanghai in 1896 and was re-established in Hsinchu, Taiwan in 1958.

National Chengchi University

National Chengchi University (NCCU), founded in 1927, is known in Taiwan as one of the leading schools for researching and teaching in the humanities and social sciences.

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  • Access to this course for 6 weeks

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Last updated Oct 2020

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