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Dr. Mary Scott (mscott@sfsu.edu) Spring 2010 Office: Humanities 532 Course number: HUM 531.01 Office telephone: 338-7412 Classroom: Humanities Building 582 Office hours: T Th 3:30-5:00 Class time: T Th 11:00-12:35. Images of Modern China An introduction to modern Chinese culture through close reading of literature, historical documents, visual arts and film. All works will be read in translation. This course requires at least ten pages of structured writing. If you have completed at least 60 units of coursework, you may count it toward the requirements for the Asian Society, Politics and Culture cluster. You may also count it for the Asian humanities requirement in the Humanities major. Course objectives: To examine the ways in which Chinese writers and artists have explored crucial aspects of twentieth-century Chinese experience. To appreciate the diversity of artistic forms and experience in pre- and post-1949 China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong To grasp the relationship between Chinese modern history and the arts. Instructional methods: Lecture and discussion, sometimes with projected images. Students may be asked to see some films outside of class. You will also be asked to visit the Shanghai show at the Asian Art Museum. Course materials: Books required for purchase Eileen Chang, Love in a Fallen City . Translated from the Chinese by Karen S. Kingsbury and Eileen Chang. Chen Ruoxi, The Execution of Mayor Yin. Jonathan Spence, Mao Zedong: A Life. Guo Xiaolu. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. _________________________ Materials on e-reserve: To use e-reserve, go the http://www.sfsu.edu , click on “current students,” then “library” (in Quick Links). The password is “artemisia.”
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Materials may be added if necessary. Please print out all materials and bring them to class during the week in which they’re assigned . Lu Xun, “Diary of a Madman.” Mao Dun, “Spring Silkworms.” P. Cheng, Search for Modern China (excerpt): Ding Ling, The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River. Xi Xi, “A Woman Like Me.” Shi Shuqing, “Reunion.” Li Ang, “A Love Letter Never Sent.” Mo Yan, “White Dog and the Swings.” Ding Ling “When I Was in Xia Village.” Can Xue, “The Bizarre Wooden Building” Selections from Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) “Talks at the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature.” Zhu Wen, “I Love Dollars.” *Alai, “The Fish” *Wang Anyi, “Life in a Small Courtyard.” *Bai Xianyong (Pai Hsien-yung), “A Sea of Blood-red Azaleas.” *Wang Shuo, “Hot and Cold, Measure for Measure.” *to be added shortly, Images for study and other materials may be posted on iLearn. You will be required to visit the Shanghai show at the Asian Art Museum, or to complete a substitute assignment if this is a serious hardship. It opens February 12. Go on a weekday if you can, but make sure to go by March 2. See the museum website for details and directions (http://www.asianart.org/shanghai.htm). It costs $12 with student ID, and
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