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

Fall 2008

ANS 390 • Aesthetic Modernism in East Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31420 M
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
MEZ 1.104

Course 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 extremely broad and long-lasting-- if at times fragmented, and always mediated--impact of aesthetic modernism on literary/cultural production in different regions of East Asia since the early decades of the 20th century. This line of inquiry acquires new significance at the present moment, as accelerated globalization and digital technological revolution have created a booming East Asian cultural market and fast-growing intra-Asian cultural flows on the one hand, and institutionalized the study of visual culture (thus challenging the disciplinary boundary of "literature") in the academia on the other hand. Our approach will be both historical and theoretical. We will track the historical trajectories of West-imported aesthetic trends--such as romanticism, realism and postmodernism-- in various East Asian societies in order to situate aesthetic modernism within the context of indigenous traditions. At the same time, we will review existing scholarly discourses on how East Asian modernist traditions relate to their sources of inspiration, examining them not only against writings on modernism and postmodernism in the West, but also in light of influential critical paradigms of postcolonialist theories and the broadly defined "cultural studies." All readings will be in English.

Grading Policy

Term paper 50% Class participation 30% Reports 20%


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