INTRODUCTION The Department of Chinese Literature at National Taiwan University was founded in 1929 as the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Law at Taihoku Imperial University; it took its present title in 1945, by which time it has established a great amount of research achievements to the present day in the traditional fields of Confucian Classics (jing), History (shi), Masters (zi), and Belles-Lettres (ji). In recent years, the department strides with latest issues including Ritual Study (li), Modern and Contemporary Literature, East Asian Cultures, Comparative Literature, Translation Study, Lyric Tradition, Narrative tradition, and Teaching Chinese as the Second Language, while at the same time remains guardians of the research of the classics transmitted from the academic tradition. It is the leading institute of the Chinese literature in Taiwan, and one of the top ten departments at National Taiwan University in an inner survey confronting the international competitions, as well as one of the remarkable research base in Global Sinology. Although the department was titled, “Department of Chinese Literature,”the term“literature is understood broadly, and was not restricted to poetry, lyric and novel. The teaching goals of this department are to develop Chinese culture and deliver knowledge of the Classics, Thought, Literature and Documentation. We also want to cultivate the students’ reading and research skills. With this kind of training, students will possess a solid academic training and cultural background as the foundation for their research, language teaching and writing. In pursuit of these goals, the department courses are multifarious, emphasizing foundation course and advanced courses, classics and modern materials.
PLANS The department’s future plans are mainly focused on the following developments: 1. Enhancement of International Activities: In recent years, our Department has made academic exchange arrangements with reputed universities all around the world; for example, the Charles University in Prague, Czech has invited our professors as long-term visiting professors for several years. In the foreseeable future, we shall create “UCLA-NUT Joint Seminars in Chinese Literary Studies,” thus initiating two-way visitings and academic discussions between the two schools. Our aspirations are to improve our international reputation in sinology. 2. Diversity of Faculty: Our Department shall continue to look for outstanding professors in other universities and even overseas, aiming at a comprehensive range of specialists in Chinese Literature. 3. Promotion of Chinese Teaching Courses: Our department currently has a “Chinese Teaching Methods” Course, and we join the “Master’s Degree Program of Chinese Teaching,” offering more related courses for study, and actively responding to the growing force of Chinese language in this age of globalization.http://www.cl.ntu.edu.tw/main.php