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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2021, 4(5); doi: 10.25236/FER.2021.040518.

An Analysis of Overseas Chinese Literature Research in the 20th Century Based on English PhD Dissertations


Yu Xiaofan, Chen Jianguang

Corresponding Author:
Yu Xiaofan

Zhejiang Yuexiu University, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China


Overseas Chinese studies refers to the study of Chinese issues by scholars outside China, including traditional Sinology and contemporary Chinese studies. Chinese literature has a high acceptance abroad and has become the topic for many doctoral dissertations. The doctoral dissertation on Chinese literature is an important result of overseas Chinese studies (sinology). Especially since the 20th century, there have been a large number of researches and fruitful results. Due to the difficulty of obtaining English doctoral dissertations, these research results have not been fully utilized. The author has collected 989 English doctoral dissertations on Chinese literature in the 20th century based on the database. The research methods, themes, and characteristics of these dissertations are sorted out and analyzed, and suggestions are made for better use of these research results. The main characteristics of overseas doctoral dissertations on Chinese literature include: research based on translation and annotation, research from multicultural and multidisciplinary perspectives, limitations of research caused by historical culture and geography


Chinese Studies; Overseas Chinese Literature Studies; Doctoral Dissertations

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Yu Xiaofan, Chen Jianguang. An Analysis of Overseas Chinese Literature Research in the 20th Century Based on English PhD Dissertations. Frontiers in Educational Research (2021) Vol. 4, Issue 5: 70-76. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2021.040518.


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