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Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Literature (in English translation)
Panoramic overview of three thousand years of Chinese literature from its beginnings to the threshold of modernity. Discusses masterpieces of one of the world's oldest continuous traditions in their cultural context and in the context of literatures around the world. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Literature (in English translation)
Modern Chinese literature tells stories of trauma, accommodation, and resistance. It offers private and public records of tumultuous transitions. This course focuses on great works of transformative importance. Authors include Lu Xun, Wang Meng, and Jin Yong. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS LC 351: Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Literature, 1910--Present. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
This course description is currently under construction.
Chinese Classics in TodayÂs World (in English translation)
Discusses canonical texts, such as the "Five Confucian Classics" and "Four Books," which for millennia have defined Chinese culture, and reflects on their appeal, significance, and current comeback in Chinese pop culture and politics. LC 280 is a variable topics course and may be repeated for credit if the topic changes.
Post-Mao China in Film and Fiction (in English translation)
Film and fiction, as they reveal divergent values and changing styles of the last two decades: "new realism," avant-garde experimentation, black humor, exoticism, eroticism, and myth.
Chinese Writers in Exile (in English Translation)
Chinese writers in Europe and the United States explore the enigma of China, joining the world community of writers in exile. Cultural and gendered critique of China?s past and present giving a complex representation of a world in flux.
Chinese Civilization (in English translation)
An interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese culture, including social life, thought, literature, and fine arts. Emphasis placed on the major cultural and social developments from prehistory to the nineteenth century that have a particular relevance to understanding modern China.
Introduction to Chinese Women's Writing (in English translation)
Close reading of modern Chinese women's writing since 1919 for what the texts reveal of the lives of Chinese women and society. Poetry, fiction, and autobiography.
Topics in Chinese Literature (in English translation)
Topic for Fall 2013: Popular Culture and Modern China. Exploration of "popular culture" as a modern, transnational phenomenon through study of literature, film, music, theater, animation, and internet in Chinese communities worldwide. Examines theory and practice of popular culture and connects Chinese modernity to global circulations of popular media. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
Topics in Chinese Culture (in English translation)
Topics focus on particular aspects of Chinese culture such as food, costume, education, religion, philosophy, and film in order to examine Chinese culture from its beginnings to the present. Topic for Spring 2013: Food Culture. A study of food in Chinese culture including artistic and literary representations, history of agriculture, food preservation and preparation, medicinal uses, restaurant culture, and food as a commodity.