CHIN 421 Fall 2014 Slides, Stage, and Cinema: Modern Writers "Looking at" China

"Liberated" by the development of written vernacular Chinese yet "framed" by the concerns of mass media, Chinese intellectuals, via their mediated eyes and experimental pens, interpreted China from an array of perspectives in the first half of the 20th century, creating linguistic norms, genre hierarchies, and cultural modernities in the process. This literature course, taught in Chinese, takes a thematic approach to study how China's media culture complicated the canonization of modern Chinese literature and the practices of literary modernity. We will closely read selections from a broad range of modern literary texts written by influential male and female writers from the 1890s to the 2000s, including short stories, proses, plays, "miscellaneous writings" (zawen), biographies, and newspaper advertisements. Through class discussions, response papers, and individual projects, this course will not only enhance proficiency in modern Chinese, but also help students to develop analytical abilities, both oral and written, to discuss, critique, and embrace modern Chinese literature as aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural expressions. Students will come away from this course cognizant of the general development of modern Chinese language and familiar with many of the key texts of Chinese literature from the 20th century.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: based on class performance, quizzes, three short response papers in Chinese, and a final project consisting of a 8-10 minute recorded multimedia piece
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Prerequisites: CHIN 402 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Chinese or Asian Studies majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 1985
CHIN 421 - 01 (F) SEM Slides, Stage, and Cinema Division 1: Languages and the Arts Man He
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Paresky 112 1985
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