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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2006

WGS 340 • 18-Women and Gender in China-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47575 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Zanasi, Margherita

Course Description

This course aims at understanding the role of women in twentieth-century Chinese society. We will devote the first three weeks to readings in general theories of gender, sexuality, and women history. After an overview of the situation of Chinese women in the Late Imperial period, we will then focus on the early women liberation movements in the Republican years (1911-1949) and finally turn to the Maoist regime (1949-1987) and the post-Mao period. In the course of the semester we will address such issues as gender/role constructions, the situation of women in the workplace and in the family, their role as producer and reproducer, their participation in the Communist Revolution, first, and, later, in the "four modernizations" program. The course will favor a comparative approach using China as a case study for understanding important issues in the wider context of women studies.

This is not a lecture class. The course is based on class discussions.

Grading Policy

Class participation 30% Class presentation (10min) 15% Paper presentation (10-15min) 15% Research paper (10pgs) 40%


Bret Hinsch, Passions of the Cut Sleeve: the Male Homosexual Tradition in China Frank Dikotter, Sex Culture, and Modernity in China Christina K. Gilmartin et al., Engendering China Additional reading material is available on both e-reserve and the UGL reserve desk


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