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CHNS0340

Contemp Chns Lit/Cult

Literature and Culture in the People's Republic of China (in translation)
The final focus of this course is what is happening in Chinese culture right now, but to understand now we must understand then, and so we will begin in the 1950s. In China from 1949 through the 1980s cultural activity was regarded as exerting, in Mao's words, an "enormous influence" on politics and was therefore placed under prescriptive guidelines. Writers and artists agreed that their work was important but chafed at restrictions. Since the 1990s constraints on cultural life have eased, but because Chinese literature and culture now answer to the market rather than ideology some ask if it still matters. We will try to answer this question as we trace fifty years of developments in Chinese culture in their surprising complexity. We will look at developments in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, feature and documentary film, stage drama, television, popular music, visual art, and internet fiction. Students will undertake research projects, and we will discuss research methodology. (One Chinese course in literature or culture, or by waiver) 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
Chinese
Department:
Chinese
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL LIT
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Fall 2014

CHNS0340A-F14 Lecture (Moran)

Spring 2013

CHNS0340A-S13 Lecture (Moran)

Fall 2010

CHNS0340A-F10 Seminar (Moran)

Spring 2009

CHNS0340A-S09 Seminar (Moran)

Spring 2008

CHNS0340A-S08 Seminar (Moran)