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Chen Pingyuan: Literature Education Helps Lay the Foundation for a Person’s Life

Source: www. chinanews. com Date: 2016-09-19


Chen Pingyuan (middle) at the book event. Photo courtesy of PKU Press.
 

“It has been almost 30 years since I had my first book published. Six Talks on Literature Education is one to educate the public about literature. In my research, I focus on where the history of literature, academics and education converges. Literature education may be the most reflective of my research,” said Chen Pingyuan, professor of the Department of Chinese of Peking University, about his research in recent years on the afternoon of the 11th.

In his academic research spanning several decades, Chen Pingyuan authored many books such as the Periphery of Literature and Beijing in Memory. His recent research topics include Chinese literature in the 20th Century, contemporary Chinese education, research, image and writing. On the afternoon of the 11th, Chen Pingyuan gave a lecture in Beijing on “Methods, Pathways and State of Literature Education”, which was based on his books “Six Ideas on Literature Education” and “Literature History as a Discipline”.




 
Literature History as a Discipline. Photo courtesy of PKU Press
 

Six Talks on Literature Education is a collection of Chen Pingyuan’s six speeches and articles on literature education. It inspires readers to think about literature education. The revised Literature History as a Discipline analyzes the current state and prospects of literature history from the perspectives of the history of thinking, academics and education. The first book is for the public, while the latter is more technical, said Chen.


“When it comes to literature education, in ancient China, it was mostly centered on texts, for example selected works of various kinds. It is to foster interest and writing capability. So, when people talk about literature, all they could remember is literary works,” said Chen.

Professor Chen believes that literature education helps lay the foundation for a person’s life. Literature, in a sense, involves experience, skills and thinking. There is no doubt that literature is deep as a discipline and needs time and patience to be masterful.