Chinese Pop Culture|
Fall 2018 not offered
Popular culture is closely associated with our daily life and ways of thinking, seeing, and connecting with the world. This course will introduce select aspects of modern and contemporary Chinese-language popular culture and its circulation among Chinese-speaking sites, including China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. We will mainly focus on forms that have circulated and continue to circulate from the modern to the contemporary period, including movie musicals, martial arts, Internet culture, and singing contests. We will also study how Chinese pop culture has influenced audiences and (re-)construct their identities, as well as explore how cultural producers in Chinese language have engaged with issues of fandom, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, and material life through a variety of pop cultural forms. Throughout the course, we will discuss theories of pop culture and analyze primary materials to understand the production and circulation of Chinese pop culture. This course is taught in English.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Latham, Kevin. POP CULTURE CHINA!: MEDIA, ARTS, and LIFESTYLE. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2007.
Moskowitz, Marc. CRIES OF JOY, SONGS OF SORROW: CHINESE POP MUSIC AND ITS CULTURAL CONNOTATIONS. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2009.
Storey, John. INVENTING POPULAR CULTURE: FROM FOLKLORE TO GLOBALIZATION. Malden: Blackwell, 2003.
Zha, Jianying. CHINA POP: HOW SOAP OPERAS, TABLOIDS AND BESTSELLERS ARE TRANSFROMING A CULTURE. New York: New Press, 1995.
|Examination and Assignments: |
3 short papers (2-3 pages), and one final research paper (8-10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
If you are unable to participate in the pre-scheduled screening time on Tuesdays 4-6 due to other Wesleyan commitments, please contact the instructor to arrange alternate screening times.
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