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Gender, Sexuality, and Violence in Late Imperial Chinese Narrative
ALIT 210
Spring 2009 not offered
Crosslisting: FGSS 214, EAST 210

This course will explore the literary representation of gender, sexuality, and violence across a diverse range of narrative genres during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1644, 1644-1911, respectively), with a balanced emphasis on aesthetic qualities and sociocultural contexts. Topics include the construction of femininity and masculinity, hetero-, homo-, and bisexuality; gender and power; gender and literacy; gender-based violence; sworn brotherhood and sisterhood; the cult of female chastity and footbinding; crossdressing and impersonation of the opposite sex; prostitution and courtesan culture; adultery and polygamy; the dichotomy of YU (physical desire) and QING (sublime passion); images of the female and the male body. Readings include narrative verse, women's scripts, (auto)biographies and memoirs, literary jottings and essays, tales of the strange, vernacular short stories, drama, and novels (selections).

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AL&L
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)

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