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Collaborative Research Projects

Small collaborative research projects of faculty with graduate and under- graduate students. Close mentoring of students. Training in methods of cultural analysis and interpretation. Projects developed in conjunction with ongoing faculty initiatives. Students will present their research in the form of a term paper or some equivalent medium. Funding available to support students’ research. Director of Graduate Studies consent required. One course / 3 units.

Literati/Literature Culture: Pre-Modern Chinese Literature

Survey of works in Chinese from Confucius to the Qing Dynasty including short stories, novels, autobiographical writings, and poetry. Topics include the role of the educated elite in relation to literature and culture and how the literati portray themselves in their works. Relations between orthodoxy and marginalization of the literati and its impact on their writing. (Same as AMES432S but requires extra assignments.) One course / 3 units.

Seminar on Modern Chinese Cinema

Films, documentaries, television series, and soap operas produced in mainland China in the post-Mao era. Topics include the history and aesthetics of the cinema, soap operas as the new forum for public debates on popular culture, the emerging film criticism in China, the relationship of politics and form in post-revolutionary aesthetics. (Same as AMES431 but requires extra assignments.) Research paper required. One course / 3 units.

Modern Chinese Cinema

Films, documentaries, television series, and soap operas produced in mainland China in the post-Mao era. Topics include the history and aesthetics of the cinema, soap operas as the new forum for public debates on popular culture, the emerging film criticism in China, the relationship of politics and form in post-revolutionary aesthetics. (Same as AMES431 but requires extra assignments.) Research paper required. One course / 3 units.

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