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[FA17] LLEA 40613 / ASIA 40613 — From Magazines to the Internet: Media and Culture in Modern China

Instructor & Course Description

Soon after modern printing technology was introduced by western missionaries in the 19th century, China developed an exciting new culture characterized by tremendous creativity and productivity, enthusiastic experimentation with media technologies, high-speed interaction between creators and users, and countless unique ways of mixing textual and visual material. Ranging from the pictorial magazines of the early twentieth century to the Internet sites of the early twenty-first century, China's modern culture has expressed and engaged with massive historical, social, and political changes, captured in writing and in images. This course takes students on a whirlwind tour of modern Chinese cultural expression in newspapers, magazines, posters, films, TV shows, websites, and social media, using original visual materials in addition to readings in English translation. The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the main developments in modern Chinese culture, while training their ability to analyse different types of cultural products. At the end of the course, students will produce their own magazine issue or website, using visual and textual material to express their own critical opinions on the materials we studied.

This course takes students on a whirlwind tour of modern Chinese cultural expression in newspapers, magazines, posters, films, TV shows, websites, and social media, using original visual materials in addition to readings in English translation. The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the main developments in modern Chinese culture, while training their ability to analyse different types of cultural products. At the end of the course, students will produce their own magazine issue or website, using visual and textual material to express their own critical opinions on the materials we studied.

Course Readings

In addition to weekly readings and materials provided through electronic library reserves, chapters from the following two books (also on reserve) will be assigned on a regular basis.