Readings in Chinese History
In this seminar, we will examine the dynamics of socio-cultural transformation in China during the 20th century. Through films, novels, critical essays, and a range of secondary sources, we will investigate the ways in which Chinese intellectuals and activists defined “culture” and conceptualized its role in social transformation. Topics will include early 20th century language reform, art and film in interwar Shanghai, and leftwing literature and printmaking movements. We will also consider the origins and aspirations of the 1966-1976 Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the ways that it has been remembered in the post-Mao era. (formerly HIST 0417) 3 hrs. sem.