Although sometimes claimed as part of a set of immutable “Asian values,” the Chinese family has not remained fixed or stable over time. In this course, we will use the framework of “family” to gain insight into gender, generation, and sexuality in different historical periods. Beginning in the late imperial period (16th-18th Centuries), we will examine the religious, marital, sexual, and child-rearing practices associated with traditional ideals of family. We will also examine the wide variety of “heterodox” practices that existed alongside these ideals, debates over and critiques of gender, family, and sexuality in the twentieth century and in China today.
Format: seminar; Remote in Fall 2020. Emphasis will be on synchronous discussions and small group work via Zoom (or similar).
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
active participation in discussions and group work, short skills-based writing assignments (2-4 pgs) and short essays (5-7 pgs) leading toward a final paper.
none; open to first year-students with instructors permission
History, Asian Studies, and WGSS majors
Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
This course focuses on historical regimes of gender and sexuality in China and their transformations over time. Students will be asked to consider these regimes both on their own terms and in comparative perspective.
GBST East Asian Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses