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This course centers upon a critical question in China studies: how to identify and theorize about Chinese literature (cultural productions in other media forms included) created outside the boundaries of Mainland China. “What is Chinese?” “What is Chinese culture?” “What is Chinese literature and culture like beyond China?” “How is China/Chinese perceived in different Sinophone communities?” are some of the major questions we engage in this course. Taking a comparative approach, we will read and analyze Chinese literature produced in various regions and cultures (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.) at critical historical moments during the second half of the twentieth century and early years of the twenty-first century. We will also read critical essays in studies of Shijie huawen wenxue (Global Chinese-language literature) to gain a theoretical understanding of the scholarship. The purpose of the course is two-fold: First, it is expected that we expand our purview in studying Chinese-language literature and culture; second, we will learn to think critically the ways in which such concepts as Chinese and Chineseness travel and translate among peoples, regions, nations, and cultures. The course is conducted online, with a mostly synchronous mode of instruction. No prior knowledge in Chinese is required.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
5-to-10-minute pop quizzes; 2 term exams; one final paper (5-6 pages)
Priority will be given to Chinese majors, Asian Studies majors, and Comparative Literature majors.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: