Contemporary Chinese Fiction and Film (EALC 319/519/790): Books

Intro. to research materials for Chinese fiction and film of the second half of the twentieth century. Students will learn the modern Chinese-speaking world through the mediation of literature and film.


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Keywords, concepts, controlled words

1. Identify Keywords

  • personal name (author, writer, play writer, etc.)  e.g. Yu, Hua, 1960- Su, Tong, 1963-
  • name of a work (publication title, film title, drama title) in original language, in translations, etc. e.g. 
    Uniform Title: Wo de di wang sheng ya. English
    Title: My life as emperor
  • format or genre (videorecording, featured films) 
        Title: Da hong deng long gao gao gua [videorecording] = Raise the red lantern

2. Identify Concept or time: different ideas which make up search topic   

      e.g. man-women relationships, urban culture,  realism, print culture, women writers, avant-garde, experimentation, postmodern,contemporary, etc.

3. Use controlled words, subject terms:  Use words and phrases in suggested reference or links indexed by the online search application. 
       e.g.  Chinese literature -- 20th century -- History and Criticism.

               Canxue, 1953---Translations into English

               Chinese literature -- 20th century -- Translations into English.

Mo, Yan, 1955-  (Author search)

              Mo, Yan, 1955- --Criticism and interpretation. (critics)

Mo, Yan, 1955---Interviews 

4. Connect words and concepts: use logical (Boolean) operators (OR, AND, NOT) or use advanced search option

5. Follow the citations and reference bibliography from one source to another

Find Books

Search for authors, titles, or subjects:


Wang, Meng (ther are more than one Wang, Meng in the catalog. Which one is the correct author? You can check for each entry, or eliminate the impossible one from the date of birth.)

Wang, Meng, 1934-

Wang, Meng, 1934- Bu li. English 

Mo Yan => Mo, Yan, 1955-   (2012 Nobel Prize: Literature)

Happy times [videorecording] / a Sunflower presentation ; a film by Zhang Yimou ; co-producer, Erin O'Rourke ; directed by Zhang Yimou.

Life and death are wearing me out : a novel / Mo Yan ; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. (2008)

Mo, Yan, 1955- Translations into English.

Pai Hsien-yung => Bai, Xianyong, 1937-

          Taibei ren. Chinese & English.   Taipei People. (2000)

Wang, Shuo  

       Wan zhu [videorecording] = The trouble-shooters

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Catalogs & Search Tips



Identify Keywords:  Before searching the Library Catalog or other databases, take a few minutes to write down all the words that describe your topic.  Use these words in keyword searches. For more help with search strategies, follow the links immediately below.

    Follow the Bibliographic Trail:  An effective method for gathering reliable information is to follow the citations or references from one source to another.  Just as internet links take you to other pages or sources recommended by a site's webmaster, the author of a book or article provides a series of notes or references in a bibliography. These references typically lead to other useful sources on the topic. 

    Use Worldcat to search the library cataolgs of other universities; then request to borrow books through KU Interlibrary Loan services.