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

Fall 2007

ANS 385 • Critical Scholarship on Modern Chinese Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31730 M
4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Course Description

This course deals with English-language critical scholarship on modern Chinese literature and other selected cultural genres (e.g. film, popular music) in the last few decades. Following a chronological order, the class will read representative works published between the 1960s and the present, paying special attention to significant shifts in the critical paradigm. The goal of the course is twofold: firstly to familiarize the students with the history of the field of modern Chinese literary and cultural studies in the US academe, and secondly to examine the relationships between the critical methodologies employed by scholars of Chinese literature and culture, most of whom hosted in the East Asian area studies departments, and theoretical trends prevalent in the "mainstream" humanities disciplines, such as formalism, structuralism, post-structuralism, feminist criticism, multiculturalism, postcolonialist and postmodernist discourses, and approaches generally subsumed under the label of Cultural Studies. One particular focus of interest will be the subtle metamorphosis of meanings and implications of such key terms as the modern, modernity, and modernism within the context of modern Chinese literary and cultural studies.

Grading Policy

50 % on class participation and presentation 50% on papers


Course packet


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