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What is Literature? A Global Perspective

Monday, August 9, 2021 to Friday, August 13, 2021

The Program

What is literature? What does literature do to our mind, our life, and our society? And how should we read it? The answer seems more complex than we assume.

In the “What is Literature? A Global Perspective” program from August 9 to 13, we will explore these questions by focusing on five dimensions of the verbal art: imagination, communication, representation, emotion, and illumination. Through the program, participants will develop a new critical understanding of the role of the written word in the today’s world of mass media.


The Speaker

Jinyi Chu
Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Yale University

Jinyi Chu is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University. His research focuses on Russian Literature, Russo-Chinese cultural connections, and global modernism. He was also a visiting scholar of Russian Academy of Sciences and Fudan University. He translated Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time and Smugglers, Rebels, Pirates: Itineraries in the Publishing History of ‘Doctor Zhivago’. He is now working on a Book Project of Russian Modernism’s China: Fin-de-siècle Geopoetics.


Program Info.


  • Literature as Imagination
  • Literature as Communication
  • Literature as Representation
  • Literature as Emotion
  • Literature as Illumination 


  • 10 70-minute onsite lectures and discussion sessions (a total of 750 minutes) over 5 days
  • Pre-program reading of 10 selected short literary pieces
  • Group Live Action Role Playing (LARP) games
  • Art Exhibition visit

* Those who attend 100% of the sessions will each receive a certificate of completion.

The language of the program will be English.


Time & Location


Monday-Friday, August 9-13 (CST)

  • Lectures and discussions: Monday-Friday morning, August 9-13, 9:30-10:40, 11:00-12:10
  • Group Live Action Role Playing (LARP) games: Monday afternoon 14:00-17:00
  • Art Exhibition visit: Wednesday afternoon 14:00-17:00
  • Closing Ceremony: Friday afternoon 12:10-14:00


Yale Center Beijing
36th Floor Tower B of IFC Building
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue Chaoyang District,
Beijing (Yong'anli Subway Station, Exit C)




  • Middle / high school / university students and anyone who is interested in literature (Recommendation: be at least 16 years old)
  • English language proficiency for meaningful participation during discussions


  • Flash Sale (by June 11): RMB 9,900
  • Early Bird (by July 16): RMB 11,000
  • Student Ticket: RMB 12,000
  • Group Discount Price (at least three persons): RMB 12,000
  • Standard Ticket: RMB 13,500

Fees for lunches and refreshments are included. All fees are non-refundable.


Phone: +86 139 1131 9551


To apply, scan the QR code below, or click HERE.


Yale Center Beijing Liberal Arts Forum:

Yale Center Beijing aims to bring the best of Yale to China and enable people in China to be exposed to the “best and brightest” at Yale.

A key aspect of the quintessential Yale experience is the commitment to liberal arts education. In hopes of creating a platform for next generation leaders to engage in intellectual exchange and discover new interests and abilities, Yale Center Beijing is launching the Yale Liberal Arts Forum series for eligible participants to experience the essence of liberal arts.

Through interacting with Yale faculty and thought leaders of various fields, participants will engage in critical thinking, evidence-based discussions, and collaborative activities, which are the keystones of a liberal arts education so as to better tackle issues in an ever-changing, complex, and globally interconnected world.

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