Gender, Sexuality, and Violence in Late Imperial Chinese Narrative|
Spring 2009 not offered
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).
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
THE THREE WORDS AND THE TWO STRIKES (Sanyan Liangpai)
Tang Xianzu, THE PEONY PAVILION (Mudan Ting)
ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS (Sanguo Yanyi)
OUTLAWS OF THE MARSH (Shuihu Zhuan)
THE PLUM IN THE GOLDEN VASE (Jin Ping Mei)
Zhang Dai, THE DREAM RECOLLECTIONS OF TAO-AN (Taoan Mengyi)
Li Yu, SILENT OPERAS (Wusheng Xi)
Pu Songling, STRANGE TALES FROM MAKE-DO STUDIO (Liaozhai Zhiyi)
Cao Xueqin, THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER (Honglou Meng)
Shen Fu, SIX CHAPTERS OF A FLOATING LIFE (Fusheng Liuji)
L:i Ruzhen, THE ROMANCE OF THE FLOWERS IN THE MIRROR (Jin Hua Yuan).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Oral presentations (5-10 min.), two short response papers (2 pp. each), mid-term paper (4-6 pp.), and final paper (10 pp.).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All readings in translation; no knowledge of Chinese language required.
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