Tentative Schedule

DATE CLASS ACTIVITIES READING ASSIGNMENTS
Self and Identity Crisis
8/24 Self-introduction and introduction to the structure of the seminar; Watch video tapeWriters and Revolutionariesand May Fouth New Cultural Movement; read and review A Madman’s Diary by Lu Xun;
8 /29 quiz on A Madman’s Diary by Lu Xun; Read and review The true Story of Ah Q;
8/31 quiz on The true Story of Ah Q; possible influence of Arthur Smith and his book Chinese Characteristics; read and review Regret for the Past and My Old Hometown by Lu Xun;
9/5 quiz on Regret for the Past and My Old Hometown; Read and review Soap and An Incident by Lu Xun;
9/7 quiz Soap and An Incident; introduce May Fourth new cultural movement and iconoclasm; Read and review Medicine  and Kong Yiji by Lu Xun;  read Third World literature in the Era of Global Capitalism by Frederick Jameson
9/12 quiz and discuss Medicine and Kong Yiji; (quiz includes content of Jameson’s article) Read and review Family by Ba Jin; read On Destruction of the Family by anarchist Han Yi, On Ancestor Revolution by Li Shi-zeng;
9/14 discuss Family by Ba Jin and Confucianism write first essay;
9/19 quiz on and discuss Family by Ba Jin; bring your paper draft; oral presentation of your paper and peer review  View and review To Live directed by Zhang Yimou; Read article by Wang;
Nation and Narration
9/21 First paper due; quiz on film To Live and To Live; discuss clips 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. View and review Farewell My Concubine, directed by Chen Kaige, based on the stories of Xiangyu, the king of Chu and Consort Yu (Yuji)
9/26 quiz and discuss Farewell My Concubine; discuss clips 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6; Read and review China in Ten Words by Yu Hua; excerpts of Carl Jung’s  The Undiscovered Self;
9/28 quiz and discuss China in Ten Words by Yu Hua; Read Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian (chapters 1, 2, 4, 8, 18, 19, 20. 24, 25, 26, 28, 32, 37, and 39); excerpts from The Theory of the Novel by Georg Lukacs, pp.29-83
10/3 Discuss Soul Mountain; the split of modern man; Read Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian (chapters 51, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 62, 71, 72, 77, and 81);
10/5 Discuss Soul Mountain; write second paper on history; read “meaning of the phallic” by Lacan and Lessons for Women by Ban Zhao, pp.534-541
Femininity and Phallocentrism
10/17 quiz on Ban Zhao Lessons for Women; second essay due; Read and review The Story of Yingying by Yuan Zhen, pp.851-860;
10/19 quiz on The Story of Yingying by Yuan Zhen; Read and review Tu shi-niang sinks treasure box in anger by Feng Menglong;
10/24 quiz onTu shi-niang sinks treasure box in anger by Feng Menglong; Sunday 7-9 pm in Kauke 243 or 244 view and review Raise the Red Lantern, directed by Zhang Yimou
10/26 quiz on Raise the Red Lantern, discuss clips 1, 2, 3, and 4; Read and review Ding Ling’s Miss Sophie’s Diary (1928) by Ding Ling;
10/31 quiz on Miss Sophie’s Diary by Ding Ling; Sunday 7-9 pm in Kauke 243 or 244 view and review New Women (1931), dir. by Cai Chusheng; or watch onlinesubtitles
11/2 quiz on New Women; discuss clips 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; Ban Zhao and the New Woman; Read and review Zhang Jie’s Love Must Not Be Forgotten, 1979
11/7 Quiz on Zhang Jie’s Love Must Not Be Forgotten, 1979 Read and review Kitcken by Xu Kun, 1990
11/9 Quiz on Xu Kun Kitcken; Read and review Lao She’s Black Li and White Li; subtext Tale of Two Cities;
Bringing the World Home
11/14 Quiz on Black Li and White Li, (1934); Read and review Sinking by Yu Dafu; write the third paper;
11/16 Quiz Sinking by Yu Dafu; third paper due; Read and review Ding Ling’s novella When I Was in Xia Village;
11/21 quiz on When I Was in Xia Village; View and review The City of Life and Death, directed by Lu Chuan;
11/28 quiz on The City of Life and Death; discuss clips 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. View and review Chinese Box, directed by Wayne Wang; Kipling and White man’s burden;
11/30 quiz on Chinese Box; discuss clips 1, 2, 3, and 4; historical background of Hong Kong; View and review Eat Drink Man Woman, directed by Ang Lee;
12/05 quiz on Eat Drink Man Woman, discuss clips 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6; View and review Wedding Banquet, directed by Ang Lee;
12/07 fourth and last paper due; quiz on Wedding Banquet; discuss clips 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5;