Women Writers of Traditional and Modern China|
Spring 2010 not offered
EAST 232, FGSS 233|
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to Chinese women writers, with special attention to the development of female subjectivity. Discussions will address such questions as, How does the marginal status of women's literature in traditional China affect their choice of literary forms and subjects? As China's male literature came to develop its own tradition of writing in the voice of women, how did female writers find their own voice? From the beheaded feminist Qiu Jin to Ding Ling, the begrudging follower of Chairman Mao (Zedong); from the expatriate noncommittal writer Aileen Chang, to Wei Hui, representative of the new generation of young, pretty women who "write with their own bodies," the course also explores how female writers came to terms with their own gender and identity when China stepped from its imperial past to the present.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will read a variety of primary works along with a selection of critical works, which will prepare them for critical discussions of terms such as "female," "feminine," "feminist," and "gender."
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Lang/Lit/F)(FGSS)
Wilt Idema and Beata Grant, THE RED BRUSH: WRITING WOMEN OF IMPERIAL CHINA
Wei Hui, SHANGHAI BABY
A few assigned readings by modern writers will be posted on Blackboard: Ding Ling, Aileen Chang, and Zhang Jie.
|Examination 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.