Sung-Sheng (Yvonne) Chang
Professor — Ph.D., Stanford University
Professor in Asian Studies
Undergraduate: Chinese Film and Literature; Classical Chinese Poetry (Chinese); Chinese Fiction from Taiwan; Prose Writings by Lu Xun (Chinese); Film and Literature from Taiwan; Modern Chinese Literature
Graduate: High and Popular Culture in China; Aestheticism and Modernism in East Asia; Encountering Modernity: Film and Literature from Taiwan; Critical Scholarship on Modern Chinese Literature and Culture; Development of the Literary Field in Modern Chinese Societies
C L 323 • Chinese Film And Literature
C L 382 • Approaches To E Asian Comp Lit
33650 • Fall 2011
Meets M 400pm-700pm UTC 4.114
(also listed as ANS 390)
Description: In this class we will explore a new terrain of literary and cultural studies within the “global/local” framework. We will look into the viability and potential contribution of an “East Asian comparative literature.” Our focus will be placed primarily on the modern period. While many dominant literary forms in modern East Asia have been imported from the West in the last century, along with other modern institutions, this line of inquiry acquires new significance today, as accelerated globalization has created a booming East Asian cultural market and increased intra-Asia cultural flows. Our approach will be both historical and theoretical. We will read selected literary works from different modern East Asian countries and examine their relations with nation-building, colonialism, imperialism, war, revolution, modernization, globalization, and digital revolution. We will also study theoretical writings and critical paradigms in search for useful frameworks that would facilitate meaningful comparisons of different national traditions of literature in modern East Asia. Needless, an important component of the course will be on the circulation of such aesthetic trends as realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism in East Asia and their relationships with western sources of inspiration. The class will read the literary texts either in the original language that individual groups of students are familiar with or in the English translation. Readings in literary theories will be in English.
The class will read modern and modernist literary works from China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea. It will also study theories on comparative literature and try to construct theoretical frameworks that address special features of Western-influenced literary writings in modern East Asia.