China's "Others": Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Other Literatures and Films|
The course will examine the works by major contemporary writers and film directors of Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Chinese minorities, and the Chinese diaspora in the West. We will focus on the analyses of critically acclaimed writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, Xi Xi, Wu Zhuoliu, and Ah Lai, and internationally renowned auteurs such as Wayne Wang, Ang Lee, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Wong Kar-wai, and John Woo. We will look at these literary and visual texts in light of a number of topics such as the construction of "Chineseness" in an increasingly borderless world, the issues of ethnic and gender identity, and the complex relationship among the local, the nation, and the global.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will learn about major works by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chinese minority and Chinese American writers. They will be asked to think critically about nationalism, cultural identity, subjectivity, etc. Each class students will be assigned critical essays in conjunction with the primary readings. Students will be introduced to some key critical concepts concerning aesthetics and politics, and the ways in which nationality, gender, and other affiliations have been constructed in the Chinese cultural imaginary.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Primary texts by such writers as Xi Xi, Wu Zhuoliu, Ah Lai, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, and Wayne Wang.
Films directed by Ang Lee, Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Wayne Wang, Wong Kar-wai, John Woo and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short response papers, one take-home exam, one mid-term paper, and one final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No prior knowledge of language or history of modern East Asia is required. All readings are in English. All films have English subtitles. Weekly screening time and place TBA.
|Instructor(s): Wu,Shengqing Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: FISK314; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 4||FR: 4|
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