Urban Culture in Chinese Literature and Film

Elective Courses

CINE 205 - Urban Culture in Chinese Literature and Film

EALC 234
401 |Xiaojue Wang |M 2-5pm |MEYH B5

This course examines evolving conceptions of the city in modern Chinese literature and film from late Qing through the twentieth century up to the present. By discussing key literary and cinematic representations of major Chinese cities through different historical contexts, the course aims to understand Chinese modernity as marked by its unique urban sensibilities and configurations. Main issues considered include space, urban sensibilities and anxieties, historical consciousness, memory and amnesia, tourism and consumption, coloniality, cosmopolitanism, globalization, etc. We will deal with urban narratives regarding major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hong Kong, and Taipei. This course is intended for students who are interested in city culture, urban narratives, and visual culture in the Chinese-speaking world. All readings and screenings are in English or English translation. No knowledge of Chinese is required for the course.

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