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

Fall 2005

ANS 385 • Modern and Postmodern Chinese Literary Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29310 M
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
BUR 232
Chang, S.

Course Description

The popularity of Cultural Studies since the last decades of the twentieth century has cast in fresh light the relationships between modernism and postmodernism in the aesthetic realm and the broader socio-historical phenomena of modernity and postmodernity. In the meantime, the accelerated globalization process is compelling us to break away from the Eurocentric mindset and include modern and contemporary cultural productions in the non-West in our considerations of such issues. Adopting the new perspectives, the course will explore topics related to modernism and postmodernism with reference to the Chinese literary phenomena, with particular attention paid to several waves of modernist literary trend that occurred in China's Republican and Post-Mao eras and in colonial and post-1949 Taiwan, and to the extremely diverse claims by artists to the postmodern status. Readings will include theoretical studies as well as primary source materials. While we recognize the value of studies that focus on how modernist artistic concepts and techniques are transmitted from the West and assimilated by the Chinese writers, we are equally interested in the historical dimension, in how artists occupying the modernist and postmodernist positions interact with those of other aesthetic positions in the cultural field.


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