WGS 340 • Women and Gender In China-W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course aims at understanding the role of women in twentieth-century Chinese society. After an overview of the situation of Chinese women in the Late Imperial period, we will focus on the early women liberation movements in the Republican years (1911-1949). We will then turn to the Maoist regime (1949-1987) and in 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, her role as producer and reproducer, her 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 a wider women studies context.