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Foreign Languages and Literatures

Chin 290 - Chinese Literature in Translation: Fiction and Film in Reform Era China

October 24, 2012

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    Mo Yan, the 2012 winner of the Noble Prize in Literature
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    Su Tong
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    Yu Hua

Beginning in the late 1970s, the People’s Republic of China undertook a series of socio-economic reforms that radically changed that country and the world. The Reform Era also altered the environment for artistic expression by, for example, opening China to foreign artistic influences and loosening restrictions on the production and distribution of narrative art. In this relatively open environment, new authors and auteurs emerged to tell new stories, while they also reached into the past to explore where they had been.

In this class we will analyze the work of several of these authors, including Yu Hua, Su Tong, and Mo Yan, the 2012 winner of the Noble Prize in Literature. The emergent themes in this work are uses of the past to talk about the present, the alienation arising from rapid change, and the evolving relationships between the individual, society, and the state.

Spring 2013
MWF, 9:10-10:10 am 

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