The RCCLLC takes Chinese literature and related cultural phenomena as research objects. Its scope can be briefly categorised into three areas:
1. Literature as such: research topics include major authors and works, literature trends and schools, literary genres and styles, literary influences and others;
2. Cultural artifacts and phenomena generated from literature: research topics include anthologies of literary works, literary picture books, filmic and television adaptations of literature, lyrics of pop songs and others;
3. Transmission of literary knowledge and literature education: research topics include production and marketing of literary texts, reading culture, literature education and others.