REVOLUTION, INVOLUTION, AND IDENTITY IN MODERN CHINESE CULTURE
This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese society and culture from the turn of the 20th century to the present. Specifically, it focuses on the notions of revolution, involution, and identity reflected in literary and visual representations. Exploring the dynamic between change and continuity in modern Chinese history, it seeks to examine concepts such as empire, modernity, revolution, and nation, and investigate identity formations in national, ethnic, gender, and individual levels. It will cover such topics as social changes, historical consciousness, urban life, popular culture, and the values and ideas that captivate contemporary people's imagination. Cultural orientations of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Tibet will also be explored.