CLIT2060: Fiction and Film in Contemporary Chinese Societies (Spring 2024)

6 Credits| Professor Nicole Huang

This course will use a variety of literary and cinematographic sources to explore different faces of post-reform China within the larger “sinophone” context including Hong Kong and Taiwan. Literary fiction and essays, as well as documentary and feature films will be referred to in order to explore the representation of history and violence, colonialism, and their relationship with collective memory (Cultural Revolution, the 1989 protest movement and its repression, the memory of 2-28 in Taiwan, the handover of Hong Kong). The use of fiction vs. documentary forms of narrative will be discussed in relation with realism. The course will also question the notions of Chinese post-socialism vs. globalizing postmodernism in the context of the 1990s and 2000s.

Assessment: 100% coursework.