Chinese 346

Avant-garde Fiction and Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Full course for one semester. This course investigates interactions between avant-garde writers and contemporary Chinese cinema since the 1980s. Issues to be explored include loss and gain through movie adaptation, representations of reality, and modes of narration. Through a comparative analysis of literary works and related movies, negotiation between individuality and conformity will be discussed in the context of a commercializing society. Readings are in translation, and films selected are subtitled in English. No Chinese language training is required. Readings in the original Chinese and additional instruction will be offered for students taking this course for Chinese credit. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 346. Not offered 2008-09.

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