Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film

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Session: 

  • Session B: July 24 - August 5, 2017

Time: 

  • 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Category: 

  • English and Writing
  • Philosophy and Society

Instructor: 

  • Gina Elia
Description: 

China plays an ever-increasing role in the global market, through international business, politics, economy, military strategy, entertainment, media and education. In an effort to foster global citizenry and develop an understanding of modern China, this module will utilize literature and film as outlets to examine the contemporary socioeconomic and cultural spheres of the nation.

Through the artistic lens of Chinese writers and film directors, students will come to understand China’s historical development from the beginning of the 20th century to present day, including such topics as Communism’s rise to power, free speech, violence, gender relations, and China’s international relations. Each class will take the form of a seminar in which students discuss the ideas in the readings or films in light of the historical context in which they were produced. There is no language prerequisite for this course; all readings will be in English translation.

Through class discussion and close readings of texts and films, students will learn to critically examine ideas, arguments, and abstract concepts with which they are presented. These skills will allow them to become independent and creative thinkers, not just absorbing information but analyzing it and combining different ideas together in new and innovative ways.

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