This unit will involve a study of contemporary Chinese poetry and its quest for identity, freedom, and communal belonging. These themes will then form the basis for theological reflection, seeking resonances with biblical thought and paths for constructive dialogue.

Unit code: DM2013W (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate an understanding of contemporary Chinese thought in selected poems.


Identify and explain motifs and themes expressed in selected poems.


Analyse correlations between biblical/theological themes and poetic motifs.


Demonstrate critical theological insights derived from this process of dialogue.

Unit sequence

CT1001W or CT8001W (or equivalent)


Lectures, Seminar

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brueggemann, Walter. The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith. 2nd ed., Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2002.
  • Goroncy, Jason A., ed. Tikkun Olam – To Mend the World: A Confluence of Theology and the Arts. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014.
  • Graham, Elaine L., Heather Walton, and Frances Ward. Theological Reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2007.
  • Herbert, W. N., and Brian Holton. Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry. Eastburn: Bloodaxe Books, 2012.
  • Lupke, Christopher. New Perspectives on Contemporary Chinese Poetry. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Moltmann, Jürgen. The Way of Jesus Christ: Christology in Messianic Dimensions. Trans. by Margaret Kohl, London: SCM Press, 1990.
  • Morin, Edward, Fang Dai, and Dennis Ding. The Red Azalea: Chinese Poetry Since the Cultural Revolution. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
  • Smith-Christopher, Daniel L. A Biblical Theology of Exile. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2002.
  • Tao, Naikan, and Tony Prince. Eight Contemporary Chinese Poets. AT: Wild Peony Pty Ltd, 2006.
  • Tracy, David. Dialogue with the Other: the Inter-religious Dialogue. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1991.
  • van Crevel, Maghiel. Chinese Poetry in Times of Mind, Mayhem and Money. Boston, MA: Brill, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Journal of Reflections (1,500 words)

1500 40.0

Essay (2,500 words)

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:47 +1100