Romantic Love in China--from the Imperial Past to the Maoist Era|
This course provides a comprehensive examination of the Chinese literary representation of romance across a wide spectrum of genres from the medieval period to the mid-twentieth century: lyrical and narrative poetry, tales in Classical Chinese, short vernacular stories, the novel, and plays. By studying canonical works in translation, the course will call attention to the socio-political, aesthetic, and affective dimensions of the dynamic relationship between the romantic discourse and the orthodox tradition. Questions addressed also include: How do literary genres as social constructions shape the way romance is represented? In what ways does the romantic discourse complicate the boundaries between the private and the public, the spontaneous and the premeditated, the institutionalized and subversive? The course also examines the metamorphosis of the romantic theme with the advent of Chinese modernity, when the literary landscape was dominated by a body of literature that called for enlightenment and revolution.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will read a variety of major works of pre-modern and modern Chinese literature. They will learn to think critically about the convoluted relationship between political, cultural, and literary discourses.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Course packet: individual works by renowned authors such as Tao Qian, Bo Juyi, Yuan Zhen, Feng Menglong, Li Yu, Pu Songling, Zhang Ailing, and Ding Ling.
Books: Tang Xianzu's THE PONY PAVILION; Kong Shangren's PEACH BLOSSOM FAN; Wu Jianren's THE SEA OF REGRET.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Oral presentation (5-10 min.), two short response papers (2 pp. each), midterm paper (4-5 pp.) and final paper (9-10 pp.).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All readings in translation; no knowledge of Chinese language required.
|Instructor(s): Ling,Xiaoqiao Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK314; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 2||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 13||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 4||SO: 4||FR: 4|
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