ANS 372 • Women and Gender in China-W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This course aims at understanding the role of women in contemporary Chinese society. We will start with a brief overview of the situation of Chinese women in the Late Imperial period. We will then look at the early women liberation movements in the Republican years (1911-1949). We will then turn to the main focus of the course, women in 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, 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.
Susan Mann, Precious Records Frank DikÚtter, Sex, Culture, and Modernity in China Bret Hinsch, Passion of the Cut Sleeves Reader compiled by the instructor (available for purchase at Paradigm (24 street and Guadalupe); also on reserve at UGL)