In this course, we will explore Taiwan, its history, society and culture, through literature and film. The course covers topics such as modernism and nativism, nostalgia, ethnicity and identity politics, and remaking Taiwaneseness. A more detailed course description will be made available later.
To be announced.
Mode of instruction
Week 1: Introduction: a historical overview of Taiwan
Week 2: The Nationalist and Socialist Paradigm: Lai He and Yang Kui
Week 3: Modernism and Imperialism: Weng Nao, Yang Chichang, and Zhou Jinbo
Week 4: Poeticizing National Trauma: Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A City of Sadness
Week 5: Modernism and Its Discontents in Taiwan in the 1960s: Qideng Sheng, Wang Wenxing, and Wang Zhenhe
Week 6: Nativist Literature and Vernacular Memory in the 1970s: Huang Chunming, Chen Yingzhen
Week 7: Urban Literature and Postmodern Taipei: Huang Fan and Zhu Tianwen
Week 8: Confronting Modernity: Edward Yang’s A One and A Two
Week 9: The Political Aesthetic of Nostalgia: Tsai Ming-Liang’s Goodbye Dragon Inn
Week 10: Articulating Ethnicity and Identity Politics: Zhu Tianxin, Topas Tamapima
Week 11: Remaking Taiwaneseness: Wei Te-sheng’s Cape No. 7
Week 12: Wuxia Redux and Transnational Cinema: From King Hu to Ang Lee
To be announced; will include a final essay.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
To be announced.
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