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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2006

ANS 372 • 21-Women and Gender in China

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31253 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
RAS 312

Course Description

Most of Chinese history has been produced by men for men and, in Women's Studies, when Western scholars began to take interest in the myth that was produced by this history and culture, they reproduced what Susan Mann termed "the great Euro-North American myth about Chinese women, the myths of submission, oppression, and the bound foot." Then, there are the myths produced about "Chinese women through Chinese eyes," and these, too, will be examined as we move through the late Imperial period of Chinese history through the first wave of "women's liberation" in the Republic years (1911-1949), the roles women played in the Maoist regime (1949-1987) and t\into post-Mao, contemporary china. To stimulate imagination and facilitate dialogue, we will begin and end with two "contemporary" regurgitations of the colonaial conception of the Asian woman in Puccini's Madame Butterfly; the two works re Farewell My Concubine and M Butterfly (both in book and film.) The images of Chinese women in more recent literature and movies will also be evaluated, by neccesity, glancingly, at the conclusion of the course.

Grading Policy

Class participation 20% Class excercises (including quizzes) 20% Research and Presentations 30% Final Research Paper 30%


Bromwell, Susan and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. Chinese Femininities, Chinese Masculinities: A Reader Xue, Xinhran. The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices.


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