This course focuses on the theme of urban modernity in Sinophone world, namely, Chinese-speaking districts and regions including but not limited to PRC China. Through the lens of literary and multi-media productions such as fictional writings, films, TV programs, newspaper reports and columns, stage performance, and art exhibitions that are created among various Chinese-speaking communities in and about the urban settings—Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Taipei, cities in other Asian countries as well as those in the United States—this course expects to discuss the representations of space, materials, and people that are connected to and by such a language called “Chinese” in its broadest, most complicated, and, in some cases, controversial sense. What is Chinese(s)? What is Chinese culture(s)? What roles does Chinese language play in urban productions? How is space and material experienced through a particular language and language culture? These are some of the questions we will explore in the course. The classes are conducted with a combination of seminars, semi-tutorial writing workshops, oral presentations, and field trips (contingent upon available events). All materials for discussion are in Chinese.
Format: seminar; all materials for discussion are in Chinese
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
several papers; oral presentation