Gender Politics in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture|
Fall 2009 not offered
EAST 233, FGSS 232|
Gender relations and the representation of women and sexuality in 20th-century Chinese literature and culture will be the focus of this course. Some specific topics include how eroticism, cross-dressing, and homosexuality intersect with Confucian ideology and the social structure; how the utopian desire for modernity and imagined communities is projected onto the images of the new women and the Westernized modern girl; and how women writers intervene within the constraints of political and social contexts and actively participate in cultural production and consumption. We will take an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to gender relations in modern fiction and other cultural genres (film, popular music, and advertisement) and critically engage such topics as the complicated relationships between women's issues and national discourse, identity and performance, the construction of female subjectivity and male fantasy, and between gender and genre.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
Course packet including short stories and novellas by Eileen Chang, Lin Shuhua, Xiao Hong, Zhu Tian-wen, Xi Xi and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
In-class presentations, short response papers, midterm paper and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All readings will be in English. No prerequisite knowledge of Chinese language of culture is required.