ENGL3315 Linguistic and Literary Portrayals of Hong Kong in English (3 units)
This course aims to look at how Hong Kong is represented in and portrayed by the English language. In particular, this course explores how English in Hong Kong emerged and developed in a unique way to become a variety of language that reflects the characteristics of Hong Kong and at the same time defines the identity of Hong Kong. The city is always informed by linguistic and cultural diversity; portrayals of Hong Kong can be studied from both literary and linguistic perspectives. A range of literary works written in English about Hong Kong will be analysed, including poetry, short stories, and fictions. These works reflect the unique history of Hong Kong as a former British colony, and as a place fused with different cultures. Linguistically, the English used and spoken in Hong Kong also uniquely represents Hong Kong, especially the influence from Cantonese. Starting from a brief history of English in Hong Kong, the course describes the status and properties of Hong Kong English, and discusses all the issues and debates about the degree to which Hong Kong English can and should be considered an emerging variety of English. The course will offer students a wider perspective from which to view English in Hong Kong.
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