ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 001 Narratives of Desire by Modern Chinese Women Writers
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Enforced Prerequisites:
Graduate Standing
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In this advanced course, we will study the fiction by four prominent twentieth-century Chinese women writers: Ding Ling, Xiao Hong, Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang), and Wang Anyi. All readings will be in English, but the instructor will be happy to work with participants who wish to read some of the texts in the original language. Through reading their narratives closely, we will discuss how Ding Ling, Xiao Hong, Zhang Ailing, and Wang Anyi each occupy a pivotal position in the development of modern Chinese literature in general and women’s literature in particular. At the same time, we realize these writers, from vastly different backgrounds and historical periods, engage in a continuing dialogue with one another. We will examine how central issues and themes, such as desire, historical change, and everyday life, are differently addressed and explored by these imaginative writers. Besides familiarizing students with the tradition of women’s literature in modern China, this course should also serve as an advanced introduction to methods and theories in the study of modern Chinese literature. Participants in the course are expected to attend class regularly and actively contribute to class discussion. Writing assignments include two exercise papers (5 pages each) and a comparative final paper (10-15 pages). Participants will also contribute to ongoing discussions of the reading materials through CTools. Additional supplementary readings may be suggested. Participants should consult the CTools course site for the weekly schedule. Grading policy: Class participation: 20% Two exercise papers: 30% Final research paper: 50% Required texts: Ding Ling: I Myself Am A Woman, trans. Tani Barlow (Boston: Beacon Press, 1989); Xiao Hong: The Field of Life and Death and Tales of the Hulan River, trans. Howard Goldblatt (Boston: Tseng & Tsui, 2002); Eileen Chang: Love in a Fallen City, trans. Karen Kinsbury (NY: NYRB Classics, 2006); Wang Anyi: Love in a Small Town, trans. Eva Hung (Renditions, 1991); Wang Anyi: The Song of Everlasting Sorrow, trans. Michael Berry and Susan Chan Egan (New York: Columbia UP, 2008);

ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
31503
Open
5
 
-
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
42157
Open
2
 
-
M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
43081
Open
4
 
-
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
47825
Open
Wolv. Access
 
-
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
006 (LEC)
P
48643
Open
Wolv. Access
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
007 (LAB)
 
48644
Open
10
 
-
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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ISBN: 9780807067369
I myself am a woman : selected writings of Ding Ling, Author: Ding, Ling, 1904-1986., Publisher: Beacon Press 1989
Required
ISBN: 0887273920
The field of life and death & Tales of Hulan River, Author: Xiao Hong ; translated by Howard Goldblatt., Publisher: Cheng & Tsui 1st Cheng 2002
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781590171783
Love in a fallen city, Author: Zhang, Ailing., Publisher: New York Review Books 2007
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780307387448
Lust, caution : the story, Author: Zhang, Ailing., Publisher: Anchor Books 2007
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0231143427
The song of everlasting sorrow : a novel of Shanghai, Author: Wang, Anyi, 1954-, Publisher: Columbia University Press 2008
Required
ISBN: 9789627255031
Love in a small town, Author: Wang, Anyi, 1954-, Publisher: Research Centre for Translation, Chinese University of Hong Kong 1990
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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