THEA 227
Made in China or Making "China"?: Twentieth-Century Chinese Performative Culture
Last Offered Spring 2017
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 227 / CHIN 227 / THEA 227
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course explores the ways in which twentieth-century Chinese performative culture fashioned our contemporary understanding of “China.” Starting with Chinese hybrid theatres staged in the US, Japan, and semicolonial Shanghai in the early 1900s and ending with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremonies, this course examines performative works drawn from the breadth of an expanded 20th century; including film, spoken drama, intercultural reproductions of Peking and Kun Operas, revolutionary and avant-garde theatre, Chinese Rock concerts, and global mass mediated performances. Emphasis will be placed on how performances (encompassing the performance onstage and the performance-making backstage) placed “China” on the global stage; and shaped racial, gender, and national identities among play-makers and audiences. We will also explore how Chinese operas were reinvented as “traditional culture” and a “national essence” in the early 20th century; and how agents of Chinese performance, as makers of imaginary worlds, serve as both assets and threats to real-life arbiters of power. The class will be structured around the themes of “Inventing Tradition on the World Stage,” “Acting the Right Part,” and “Performing the Nation.” Students will learn to engage performances as cultural texts embedded in national and global histories. By gaining knowledge about major playwrights, directors, artists, networks, and ideas, students will also become fluent in the landscape of performance culture in China. All class materials and discussions are in English.
The Class: Format: lecture; lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3825
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular in-class participation, three short papers (3-5 pages), and one final project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students who major or plan to major in Chinese and/or Asian Studies
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 227 Division I CHIN 227 Division I THEA 227 Division I

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