ASIAN 537 - Rethinking China after 1949: New Approaches in PRC Cultural Studies
Fall 2018, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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This course examines and interrogates what it means to study the intersections between "politics" and "culture" in the People's Republic of China. We will read together a series of new books, mainly published within the last five years, that address this question from a variety of disciplinary approaches, including area studies, history, anthropology, literary studies, the history of science, media studies, and gender studies. Our discussions will pay special attention to research methodology, and students will produce a final research paper that applies methodological approaches discussed in the course to their own work. Ultimately, our goal will be to determine the current and future directions of "cultural studies" as a new paradigm within Chinese studies scholarship. There is no language requirement for this course, as all required readings will be in English.

Below is this year's reading list (subject to minor change, feel free to email me for updates before purchasing books):

  • Tang, Xiaobing. Visual Culture in Contemporary China: Paradigms and Shifts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Lanza, Fabio. The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017.
  • Volland, Nicolai. Socialist Cosmopolitanism: The Chinese Literary Universe, 1945-1965. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.
  • Altehenger, Jennifer. Legal Lessons: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1989. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2018.
  • Ho, Denise. Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao’s China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Schmalzer, Sigrid. Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.
  • Wang, Zheng. Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1964. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016.
  • Fan, Xing. Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera During the Cultural Revolution. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2018.
  • Clark, Paul. Youth Culture in China: From Red Guards to Netizens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Chio, Jenny. A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.
  • Carrico, Kevin. The Great Han: Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today. Oakland: University of California Press, 2017.
  • Larson, Wendy. Zhang Yimou: Globalization and the Subject of Culture. Amherst: Cambria Press, 2017.


ASIAN 537 - Rethinking China after 1949: New Approaches in PRC Cultural Studies
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
W 5:00PM - 8:00PM

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