Tentative Schedule

Tentative Schedule

DATE CLASS DISCUSSION READING ASSIGNMENTS
Lu Xun and The May Fourth
1/15 May Fourth; Introduce Lu Xun; Lu Xun‘s Preface, and A Madman’s DiaryKong Yiji, (AMCL pp.1-20); Soap in Selected Stories of Lu Hsun, p.164-175;  On Literary revolution by Chen Duxiu (in MCLT pp. 123-45)
1/17 quiz on “Preface” and “A Madman’s Diary (1918), “Kong Yiji” and “Soap;” Lu Xun’s Picture Book of 24 Acts of Filial Piety; and The New Year’s Sacrifice, “My Old Home” and “An Incident” in Selected Stories of Lu Hsun;
1/22 quiz on “My Old Home; “Picture Book of 24 Acts of Filial Piety” and The New Year’s Sacrifice and “An Incident The true Story of Ah Q; (Ah Q) “Regret for the Past” (Regret) and “Medicine“; “Third-World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism” by Fredric Jameson,
1/24 quiz on The True Story of Ah Q and “Regret for the Past” and Medicine Yu Dafu’s Sinking (AMCL pp.44-69);  “Humane Literature” by Zhou Zuoren (in MCLT pp.151-61 and pp.263-8);
May Fourth New Cultural Movement and Literary Revolution
1/29 quiz on Sinking (1921) Ding Ling’s Miss Sophie’s Diary (1928) suggested readings: “Invention and Intervention: the Female Tradition in Modern Chinese Literature” by Lydia Liu; “In Quest of the Writer Ding Ling” by Yi-Tsi Mei Feuerwerker
1/31 quiz on Miss Sophie’s Diary by Ding Ling; the first paper due  Family (1931) by Ba Jin; On Destruction of the Family by anarchist Han Yi, On Ancestor Revolution by Li Shi-zeng;
2/5 Discuss Family and the writings of the two anarchists; Ba Jin’s Family;
2/7 Quiz on Family Xiaoxiao (1929) by Shen Congwen (in AMCL pp.97-110);
2/12 Quiz on Xiaoxiao by Shen Congwen (a video tape of this film is available titled Girl from Hunan) Border Town by Shen Congwen;
2/14 quiz on Border Town by Shen Congwen; Lao She’s Black Li and White Li (Black Li) and “Lao She’s Black Li and White Li: A Reading in Psychological Structure” by Leo Lee
2/19 Quiz on Black Li and White Li, (1934); psycho-narration homework due Camel Xiangzi by Lao She (in AMCL pp.89-96); article by F. Jameson (2)
2/21 quiz on Camel Xiangzi  The Golden Cangue by Eileen Chang and “My Writing” by Eileen Chang or Zhang Ailing (in MCLT pp.436-42)
2/28 quiz on The Golden Cangue (1943)
3/5 Hands by Xiao Hong (1911-1942) in AMCL pp.175-187;and When I Was in Xia Village by Ding Ling and
Fiction and Revolution
3/7 Quiz on Hands and When I Was in Xia Villagesecond paper due The Shop of the Lin Family and Spring Silkworms (1932) by Mao Dun (in AMCL pp.70-88);
3/26 quiz on The Shop of the Lin Family and Spring Silkworms by Mao Dun by Mao Dun View DVD film Red Detachment of Women, directed by Xie Jin
3/28 Quiz on Red Detachment of Women; discussion of Talks at the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature by Mao Zedong view DVD film The White Haired Girl; dir. by Wang Bin and Shui Hua;
4/2 Quiz on film The White Haired Girl third paper on myth; on Maoist cinema;
4/4 discuss the libretto by He Jingzhi; Love Must Not Be Forgotten, by Zhang Jie (1979); read “Images of Women in the Fiction of Zhang jie and Zhang Xin Xin” by Rosemary A. Roberts
Post Socialist Era and Culural Renaissance
4/9 Quiz on Love Must Not Be Forgotten by Zhang Jie; third paper due, Hibiscus Town by Gu Hua; view film Hibiscus Town dir. by Xie Jin;
4/11 Quiz on Hibiscus Town;(historical footage of the Cultural Revolution 1966-76); and third paper due Hibiscus Town by Gu Hua; view film Hibiscus Town dir. by Xie Jin;
4/16 quiz on Hibiscus Town by Gu Hua; watch the film in class To Live (1989) by Yu Hua; you are also encouraged to view film To Live by Zhang Yimou, a DVD on closed reserve in AV department in Gault Library
4/18 quiz on the To Live by Yu Hua; Liu Heng’s Black Snow (1993); suggested reading: excerpts from The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung
4/23 Quiz on  Black Snow; individual oral presentations Black Snow; suggested reading: excerpts from Modern Man in Search of A Soul by Carl Jung
4/25 Discussion of Black Snow by liu Heng Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian, (chapters 1, 2, 4, 8, 18, 19, 20. 24, 25, 26, 28, 32, 37, and 39)
4/3 Quiz on Soul Mountain; individual oral Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian, (chapters 51, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 62, 71, 72, 77, and 81);
5/2 Quiz on Soul Mountain;   fourth paper due; individual oral presentations;

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