City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film|
Spring 2012 not offered
This course will explore the ways in which the city and urban life have been represented in modern Chinese literature and film. The critical issues include how metropolis and urban life are imagined; how space, time, and gender are reconfigured; and the nature of the city/country problematic. We will examine the literary and visual representations of modern cities through close analyses of the novella, short stories, films, photographs, and paintings that illuminate Chinese urbanism. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural manifestations of such Chinese metropolises as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei. All readings will be in English. Five to six films by major directors will be scheduled.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Through study of these works, students will think critically about broader issues relating to modernization, urbanization, gender, and space configuration.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Lang/Lit/F)(FILM-MN)
Stories by Han Bangqing, Lao She, Wang Anyi, Xi Xi, Chu T'ien-wen, and Chu T'ien-hsin, and critical essays by Leo Ou-fan Lee, Wu Hung and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
In-class presentations, short response papers, one midterm paper, one take-home exam, and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
All readings will be in English. All films are screened with English subtitles. No knowledge of Chinese language or culture is required.
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