Professor Xiang He | MW 9:30AM - 10:45AM
The goals of this course are two-fold: it surveys and introduces the representative works of modern Chinese women writers on the one hand and on the other examines and tackles general problems, such as equality and liberation, desire and subjectivity. We ask the following questions: What do patriarchy, the new marriage law, and revolution mean for modern Chinese women? What are their responses to the unprecedented historical and social changes during the 20th century? How do the problems of gender challenge and complicate our understanding of colonization, revolution, modernity, and identity? This course explores the above questions mainly through the novels and short stories written by modern Chinese women writers.
We will discuss a wide range of literary works by the pioneering modern women writers such as Qiu Jin, He-Yin Zhen, Ding Ling, Xiao Hong, and Zhang Ailing, as well as socialist and post-socialist writers including Yang Mo, Ru Zhijuan, Dai Houying, Wang Anyi, and Hao Jingfang. Our discussion will also engage with the relevant critical theory contributed by scholars such as Tani Barlow, Xiaoping Cong, Dai Jinhua, Amy Dooling, Michael Hardt, Rebecca Karl, Ono Kazuko, Lydia Liu, Lingzhen Wang, and Xudong Zhang.