Nation, Class, and the Body in 20th-Century Chinese Literature and Film|
Fall 2009 not offered
This course will explore the concepts of nation, class, and the body through the examination of literary works and films from the early 20th century to contemporary China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The critical questions addressed in the course include how 20th-century Chinese literature and film represent the nation, national identity, national trauma, and the national past; how class struggle is represented in or has influenced literature and history; and how bodies are defined, exposed, commodified, desired, or repressed in modern and postmodern contexts. Through critical essays that are assigned in conjunction with the primary sources, students will be introduced to the key concepts concerning aesthetics and politics and to the ways in which nationality, gender, and other affiliations have been constructed in the Chinese cultural imaginary. While primary attention will be paid to the modern and contemporary literary canons, discussions of the films from different historical eras will also be included.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will expand their understanding of Chinese culture and acquire intercultural competence and learn how to think critically about gender, nationalism, history, culture and subjectivity.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Lang/Lit/F)(FILM-MN)
Primary texts by such writers as Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Mao Dun, Qian Zhongshu, Bai Xianyong (Pai Hsien-yung), Zhu Tianwen and others.
Films: Springtime in a Small Town (1948), The White-haired Girl (1972), Yellow Earth (1984), Blind Shaft (2003) and several martial-arts films.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short response papers, one midterm paper, one take-home exam, and one final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All literary works are read in English translations. All films have English subtitles. No prerequisite knowledge of Chinese language and culture is required. Film viewing session will be scheduled in the evening (TBA).
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