ASIAN 469 - Modern Chinese Visual Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
ASIAN 261.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this upper-level course we will examine the logic of changing visual experiences and expressions in China from the early twentieth century to the present, focusing on the dialectics of succeeding visual orders and modes of production. Specifically, the course will cover the Republican period, the Yan'an model, the socialist stage, and the reform or post-socialist era.

We will study a range of visual materials, including fine arts, posters, advertisements, film, and internet graphics. We will also consider studies of and theories about visual culture from other contexts. In addition to understanding visuality and its centrality to modern society, we will investigate the politics as well as poetics of seeing and why visual culture is a fundamental and vibrant aspect of Chinese modernity.

Course Requirements:

  • Regular class attendance and active participation in class discussion: 15%
  • Weekly CTool posts: 5%
  • Book report: 5%
  • First short paper (5 pages): 10%
  • Second short paper (5 pages): 15%
  • Research project: 10%
  • PowerPoint preparation and presentation: 10%
  • Final project and paper (10 pages): 30%

Intended Audience:

An advisory prerequisite for this course is ASIAN 261 Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture, which should help participants better situate the visual objects in a larger historical context.

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ASIAN 469 - Modern Chinese Visual Culture
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001 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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